Islamic Art Gallery Assignment. Steven George December 5, 2013. Sasanian Crown. http://www.lacma.org/islamic_art/eia.htm Los Angeles County Museum of Art Accessed 11/10/2013
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Jewelry demonstrates the artistry and luxury of Islamic goldworking techniques in the Fatimid period. Bracelets of this type were worn in pairs and served as an indicator of a woman’s wealth and social standing.
Glazed ceramic tiles were used to emphasize important monuments. This example of a tile was assembled like a mosaic and fixed with mortar. This star-shaped pattern would join other tiles as part of a more complex design.
Produce in either Syria or Egypt. Has distinctive decorations. Inscriptions used to inform and to decorate. Inscription is from a verse in the Qu’ran – which reflects it was created for a religious setting.
Qu’ran manuscript from Iran around about 1370 A.D. Is an example of enhancing elegant writing by adding decoration. The words themselves could be written in gold, or in colors other than black. Letters and words could also be outlined or could lie against a background pattern. It shows how calligraphers could make functional details of formatting and punctuation into beautifully designed elements. The decorated frames and background patterns do not interfere with the clarity of the script, or distract from the content of the text. This is very important because the Qu’ran is considered to be the word of God.
Bowl. 12-13th century Afghanistan. Geometric patterns were combined, duplicated, interlaced, and arranged in intricate combinations, thus becoming one of the most distinguishing features of Islamic art.
Wooden (teak) Stand for a Qur'an manuscript, Muzzafarid period (1314–93), dated 1360 A.D. This beautifully carved decoration, which includes the motif of a flowered bush within a niche surrounded by calligraphic blessings upon the Prophet and the Twelve Imams, reveals a Shici association.
Constructed in India in 1632, this mausoleum took 20 years to build. Comprised of white marble sitting on a raised platform, this beautiful structure is known for its symmetry, its interior mosaics and intricate inlaid patterns of precious stones.