Whether destined for a sultan's palace or provincial household, a vast array of functional and often luxurious metal vessels and utensils have been produced throughout the Islamic world. Although not primarily religious objects, they were traditionally made with the same skill and imagination, and their designs and decoration reflect the strong cultural influence of Islam which extended from Spain and North Africa in the west to Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent in the east. This book traces the range of materials and techniques, decorative motifs and diverse local styles of Islamic metalwork from the seventh to the fifteenth century with a wealth of illustration drawn from the British Museum and other major collections. -- Back cover.
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