Journal of Ottoman Calligraphy

Lectures & Editorials on Calligraphy

Museum Picks:The Metropolitan Museum’s Collection of Islamic Art

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The Metropolitan Museum’s collection of Islamic art, which ranges in date from the seventh to the nineteenth century, reflects the great diversity and range of Islamic culture and offers perhaps the most comprehensive permanent installation of Islamic art on view anywhere. Nearly 12,000 objects created in the cultural tradition of the world’s youngest monotheistic religion (Islam, founded in A.D. 622, means “submission to God”) have been assembled at the Metropolitan from as far westward as Spain and Morocco and as far eastward as Central Asia and India. While many of these objects were originally intended for decoration of a mosque or for use during worship, domestic and luxury objects in the collection reveal the mutual influence of artistic practice in the sacred and secular realms. In particular, the traditions of calligraphy, vegetal ornament (the arabesque), and geometric patterning are strongly expressed in most pieces on view.more

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Written by calligrapher

April 13, 2006 at 11:59 pm

Posted in Museums

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  1. i am student in islami art, i have study in quranic manuscript related to early islamic.
    i already went to site of islamic-awaerness bur now this site not opened ana i nessessary to pictures in site .
    please conduct me


    December 6, 2006 at 8:45 am

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