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Transcript of Islamic Art
The Dome of the Rock
Mecca and the Kaaba
Great Mosque of Cordoba
1632 - 1653
1568 - 1574
Sinan the Great
622 - Hegira - Mohammed flees Mecca for Medina
629 - Mohammed returns to Mecca w/ army - 1st Muslim conquest
Granite masonry, covered w/ silk curtain (Kiswa), calligraphy in gold and silver wrapped thread
Stone masonry, wooden roof, ceramic tiles, mosaics, gilt bronze dome
Folio from the Qur'an
Ink, color, gold on parchment
Brick and stone
Pyxis of Al-Mughira
Bahram Gur Fights the Karg
Great Mosque (Masjid-e Jameh) of Isfahan, Iran
(additions/restorations in the 14th, 18th, & 20th centuries)
Stone, brick, wood, plaster, glazed ceramic tile
Mosque of Selim II
Abd al-Rahman I
4 Iwan Mosque
Court of Gayumars
folio from the Shah Tahmasp Shahnama
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
folio from the Great Il-Khanid Shahnama
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
50,000 rhyming couplets
Book of Kings
Grand sweeping epic of Iranian history
From mythological origins to the Islamic conquest in 651
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi - author
Provided models for good, moral leadership to contemporary rulers
Used by new rulers as a tool to promote legitimacy
Basin (Baptistere de St. Louis)
Muhammed ibn al-Zain
c. 1320 - 1340
Brass inlaid with gold and silver
The Ardabil Carpet
Maqsud of Kashan
Silk and wool
Shrine of Safi al-Din Ardabili
340 knots per square inch
34'6" x 17'6"
Stucco, wood, tile, paint, gilding
Blessings from God, goodwill, happiness, and prosperity to al-Mughira, Son of the Commander of the Faithful, may God's mercy be upon him; Made in the year three hundred and fifty-seven.