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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 451

The MET : Gallery 451 : Early Islamic Art

Art From Us, Museum Guide #606

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 #606 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 451. Showcasing a collection of the Early Islamic Art.

The three works in focus are :

  1. Ewer with a Feline-shaped Handle, second half 16th century.
  2. Pyxis (Cylindrical Container), late 11th – early 12th century.
  3. Bowl Emulating Chinese Stoneware, 9th century.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #606

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #606. The objects at The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 451, belong to the Umayyad dynasty as well as the Early Abbasid dynasty. In order to understand these objects a little better, today we propose to learn a little more about these two Islamic dynasties.

Umayyad Dynasty

The Umayyads existed in the period between 661 – 750 and were the first Muslim caliphate i.e. they were the first empire to rule the Arab kingdom. Abū Sufyān was the leader of the Umayyads. The capital city of the Umayyad empire was  Damascus.

Early Abbasid Dynasty

Abbasid Dynasty is the second dynasty of the Arab kingdom. It existed between 750 – 1258. The Abbasid’s overthrew the Umayyad’s to take control of the caliphate. A revolt spearheaded by Abū Muslim in 747 led to the victory of the Abbasid people over Marwān II, who then became the last caliph of the Umayyads.

With Art From Us, Museum Guide, we invite you to further explore the Islamic arts and culture through objects housed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Each day, we will explore a different dynasty, a different region or a different style of art pertaining to this vast culture.


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