The MET : Gallery 450 : Introductory Gallery
Art From Us, Museum Guide #605
Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #605 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 450. Showcasing a collection of the Introductory Gallery.
The three works in focus are :
- Pierced Window Screen, second half 16th century.
- Qur’an Manuscript, 15th – 16th century.
- Dedicatory Inscription from a Mosque, dated AH 905/ AD 1500.
The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #605
Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #605. Given that the objects in this gallery belong to Islamic cultures, today we will discuss a little bit about Islam.
Islam is a monotheistic religion that believes in Allah as the creator and sustainer of the world. The Arabic term “Islam” translates to “surrender” and the followers of this religion surrender themselves to the will of Allah. The sacred document of this religion is known as the Qur’an. The teachings of Islam were spread by the messengers of Allah, including Prophet Muhammed.
The city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was the birth place of prophet Muhammed and it is also the place of pilgrimage (hajj) for all Muslims It is facing in the direction of this holy city that all practicing Muslims recite their prayers (namāz) 5 times a day. Mecca is also home to the Kaaba, a mosque which is the most important site of spiritual and religious worship for the followers of Islam.
While Islam is the predominant religion of the Middle East, it is by no means limited to this region. Central Asia, Indonesia, Middle East, South Asia, North Africa as well as parts of Europe all have large populations of Muslim citizens.
Continue your journey into the diverse worlds of Islamic culture with Art From Us, Museum Guide.
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