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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 452

The MET : Gallery 452 : Nishapur and the Sabz Pushan Site

Art From Us, Museum Guide #607

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 #607 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 452. Showcasing a collection of the Nishapur and the Sabz Pushan Site.

The three works in focus are :

  1. Animal-spouted Pitcher, 9th -10th century.
  2. Dado Panel, 20th century.
  3. Green Glass Jar, 10th century.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #607

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #607. As explained by The Metropolitan Museum of Art on their website, the objects in this gallery were “excavated by the Iranian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in several digs from 1935 to 1947. The most outstanding objects are a group of architectural decorations from an excavated mound known locally as Tepe Sabz Pushan (“The Green-covered Mound”). New scholarship has made it possible to reconstruct with accuracy the walls of a small room, now called the Sabz Pushan Room, decorated with finds from the site including tall carved plaster dadoes, wall painting fragments, and stucco elements called muqarnas, the stalactite decoration characteristic of many Islamic buildings.”

The MET further explains their choice of Nishapur as a site for excavation :

“The excavators had been drawn to the city because of its fame in the medieval period, when it flourished as a regional capital and was home to many religious scholars. It was also known as an economic center—Nishapur was located on the trade route known as the Silk Road, which ran from China to the Mediterranean Sea, crossing Central Asia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey along the way. In addition, Nishapur was a source of turquoise and a center for growing cotton, producing cotton textiles as well as several types of fabric incorporating silk, called ‘attabisaqlatuni, and mulham.”


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