Islamic Art in Detail

ISBN-10: 0674023900
ISBN-13: 9780674023901
Edition: 2005
Authors: Sheila R. Canby
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Description: How do we know Islamic art? What tells us that images and artifacts are products of the Muslim world, a culture that has historically extended from Spain to Southeast Asia and spanned a period from A.D. 622 to our day? This exquisitely and  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 8.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

How do we know Islamic art? What tells us that images and artifacts are products of the Muslim world, a culture that has historically extended from Spain to Southeast Asia and spanned a period from A.D. 622 to our day? This exquisitely and extensively illustrated book allows readers to identify those elements and themes that define art forms as Islamic, and to examine them in works of painting and metalwork, in calligraphy and manuscripts, ceramics, glass, wood, and ivory comprising one of the most imposing collections of arts from across the Muslim world. Arranged thematically--in chapters focusing on religion and belief, the supernatural and natural worlds, feasting, the hunt, war, music, and power--Islamic Art in Detail provides a much-needed cultural context for these widely varied works while pointing out exceptional features. In its exploration of selected works, the book juxtaposes images of each object with enlarged details--details that might otherwise be virtually invisible to the naked eye--affording surprising comparisons between seemingly unrelated pieces and offering a rare multifaceted view of the art, technique, and iconography of some of the Islamic world's most beautiful images and artifacts.

Preface
Introduction: What is Islamic art?
Religion and belief
The supernatural world
The natural world
Feasting
The hunt
War
Music
Power
Further information
Further reading
The British Museum
Other collections
British Museum registration numbers
Glossary
Index

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