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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 453

The MET : Gallery 453 : Iran and Central Asia (9th–13th centuries)

Art From Us, Museum Guide #608

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 #608 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 453. Showcasing a collection of Iran and Central Asia (9th–13th centuries).

The three works in focus are :

  1. Standing Figure with Jeweled Headdress, 12th -early 13th century.
  2. Armlet, first half 11th century.
  3. Strand of Beads, 9th – 12th century.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #608

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #608. The objects of The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 453 are rooted in the artistic influence of the Abbasid style. We have already discussed a little bit about the origins of the Early Abbasids, the second Arab dynasty in Art From Us, Museum Guide #606.

Today, let us explore more about the Abbasids, particularly through the artistic practices adopted by them.

Art from the Abbasid Dynasty  (750 – 1258)

The predominant materials used by the Abbasids to create art and handicrafts were stone, wood and ceramic.

One of the pivotal points in production of handicrafts at this time, was the development of the what is now known as the arabesque style of carving. In Samarra, the craftsmen had successfully developed a method that allowed them to carve curved, abstract and geometric patterns onto wood, metal and other materials.

According to some historic records, the artisans of Samarra were also the first to use luster paint. Luster paint gave the earthenware produced in this region a unique shimmering glaze. The use of this technique eventually spread to other parts of the Middle East and even to Europe.

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