Islamic Art & Architecture. Faith, Pattern, Geometry. The Kaaba, Mecca. Pilgrims surrounding the Kaaba (dedicated by Mohammed). Kaaba & Islam. Originally held various “pagan” icons Mohammed fled Medina (the hijira) for Mecca and threw out icons from the Kaaba (aniconism)
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Faith, Pattern, Geometry
The Kaaba, Mecca. Pilgrims surrounding the Kaaba (dedicated by Mohammed)
However this varies by region/time frame.. What examples can you think of?
Four caliphs/followers of Mohammed succeeded --spread into India, Africa, Spain
Arabic was used to study and teach, but also simply to delight the eye
DIVISIONS FROM THIS CONFLICT CONTINUE TODAY….
Where are the Shia’s and Sunnis still fighting TODAY ?????
The Dome of the Rock was the first great monument of Islamic Art.
Of the Rock
The rock was where Mohammed ascended to God, according to Islam
Begun 691 CE, Umayyad
1st great Islamic monument
3rd most holy site in Islam
Built on holy site for Jews & Christians too;
Islamic view : Mohammed completed the prophecies of those faiths
Frieze of Qur’an writings of gold mosaic on turquoise background-oldest written Qur’an verses
Oldest use of Qur’an in architecture
The Dome of the Rock was the first great momument of Islamic Art.
Know & recognize these 3 characteristic arches/niches from Islamic architecture
Muqarnas are unique to Islam
Often stacked and used in multiples, very intricate and dazzling to the eye
Sometimes vault domes, or used as part of a mihrab
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from the Madrasa Imami, Isfahan
Medium: Glazed and cut tiles
Size: 11\'3" X 7\'6"
14th century Iran
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
One of finest examples of early architectural ceramic decoration
3 inscriptions: outer in cursive, Qur’an verses about 5 Pillars of Islam.
Inner Kufic sayings of prophet
Center panel: line in Kufic says
“The mosque is the house of every pious person.”
Example of beautiful wood and ivory inlaid Minbar from mosque in Cairo, Egypt (15th Century)
Example of elaborate Qibla (prayer wall) with minbar (pulpit), mihrab (niche)
Note intricate mosaics
Islamic interest in mathematics & geometry
Note dome, and minarets
Sultan Selim Mosque
Square base transitioned to central dome with corner half domes
Gigantic hemispheric dome larger than Hagia Sophia
Complex held mosque, madrasa, hospittal, kitchens, market, baths
Central plan with fountain (see plans)
Mosque of Sultan Selim Edirne
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Congregational Mosque, Isfahan
Developed in Iran
Iwan = huge, barrel vaulted walls with arch entrances
Qibla is the prayer wall
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Note iwan walls with vaulted entrances
Mosaic tile decoration
Four iwan plan
17th century, lots of additions since
Naskhi (Iran) scripts
Calligraphers enjoyed very high status, included women and princes
20 cursive scripts in use by the 10th century
Qur’an usually wrote on parchment or vellum
Border is Kufic script;
Calligraphy often used for decoration as well as text.
Glass, polychrome enamel, gold
Egyptians produced 1st glass in 2nd millenium BCE
13th century CE artistic exchanges in Italy, Syria, Egypt developed new molding and blowing techniques
Used for mosques
Kuranic inscription: God is the light of the heavens.
European heraldry symbols
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Painted fritware, incised
Now at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Technique to produce lustrous metallic surface on fired ceramic
Painted dense, elaborate patterns of animals, foliage, etc.
Originally FRITWARE used for beads in ancient Egypt
Silk tapestry weave with gilt parchment
Trophy taken by Christian King Ferdinand III.. Detail of center section
Star Ushak Style
Note patterns which reverse symmetry
Infinite arabesque that repeats in all directions
Nonfigural designs from Mamluk Egypt
Intricate designs paralleled
Kamal al Din-Bihzad
From Herart School of Miniature painting in western Afghanistan
Bihzad paintings illustrated Khamsa Five Poems.
Bathhouse accepted from Roman society in Islamic world in Turkey, Jordan.
Shirin sees Khusraus Portrait
16th Century, Ottoman Empire
Ink, paint, and gold on paper
Tugras combined the ruler’s name with the phrase Eternally Victorious
Tugras appeared on seals, coints, buildings, edicts
Body design may have been inspired by Chinese ceramics
Recognize Court of the Lions
Court of the Lions, Alhambra, Granada, Spain; 14th Century
City of Gardens .. Islamic palace set in gardens. Complex citadel with dramatic views, miradors (lookout windows). Beautiful ceiling with clustered muqarnas
8 pointed star ceiling (next image)
Palace of the Lions, Alhambra