Palace and mosque: Islamic art from the Middle East

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V & A Publications, 2004 - Architecture - 144 pages
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The arts of Islam, a great and ancient culture, are presented here in all their astonishing richness and diversity. From the Middle East came the earliest astrological clocks, the finest ceramics and lusterware, the development of calligraphy and Arabic scripts, and the intricate craft of carpet-weaving, among many other profoundly significant cultural developments. This cradle of empires was also a vibrant commercial center, exporting raw materials, skills, and techniques to surrounding lands and spreading its web of influence from southern Spain to northern India. This beautifully illustrated book provides a fascinating introduction to Islamic art and culture, drawing from the world-famous collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It accompanies an exhibition touring to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

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Contents

1ntroduction
7
The Sasanian inheritance by Rebecca Naylor
20
The nonMuslim presence by Rebecca Naylor
38
The Chesea carpet by Tim Stanley
54
The Ardabil carpet by Tim Stanley
74
Hoards by Mariam RosserOwen
88
Chapter Five
111
Silver and brass by Tim Stanley
126
Notes on translations
140
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