New Islamic Art Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Navina Haidar, curator in the department of Islamic Art, talks about the Metropolitan Museum’s new renovated Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. The greatly enlarged, freshly conceived, and renovated galleries house the museum’s collection of Islamic art—one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of this material in the world.

Bowl, 10th century. Iran, Nishapur
Bowl, 10th century. Iran, Nishapur

Earthenware; white slip with black-slip decoration under transparent glaze
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm), Diam. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1965
(65.106.2)

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Folio from the Blue Qur'an, second half of 9th–mid-10th century. Probably Tunisia, Qairawan
Folio from the Blue Qur'an, second half of 9th–mid-10th century. Probably Tunisia, Qairawan

Gold and silver on indigo-dyed parchment
12 x 15–7/8 in. (30.4 x 40.2 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2004
(2004.88)

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Reception Room (Qa'a), dated A.H. 1119/A.D. 1707. Syria, Damascus
Reception Room (Qa'a), dated A.H. 1119/A.D. 1707. Syria, Damascus

Wood (poplar) with gesso relief, gold and tin leaf, glazes and paint; wood (cypress, poplar, and mulberry), mother-of-pearl, marble and other stones; stucco with glass; plaster ceramic tiles, iron, brass
H. Antechamber 22 ft. (6.7 m); seating area 19 ft. 11 in. (5.17m), L. 26 ft. 2 in.
(7.9 m), W. 16 ft. 8 in. (5 m)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970
(1970.170)

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Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, ca. 1555-60. Turkey, Istanbul
Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, ca. 1555-60. Turkey, Istanbul

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
20–1/2 x 25–3/8 in. (52.1 x 64.5 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1938
(38.149.1)

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Length of Fabric, ca. 1565–80. Turkey, probably Istanbul
Length of Fabric, ca. 1565–80. Turkey, probably Istanbul

Silk, metal-wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)
L. 48 in. (121.9 cm) W. 26–1/2 in. (67.3 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952
(52.20.21)

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Throne Leg in the Shape of a Griffin, late 7th–early 8th century. Probably western Iran
Throne Leg in the Shape of a Griffin, late 7th–early 8th century. Probably western Iran

Bronze; cast around a ceramic core and chased
22–3/8 x 3–3/8 in. (57.0 x 8.7 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1971
(1971.143)

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The Lovers, dated Tuesday, 8 Shawwal A.H. 1039/ May 21, 1630 A.D. Artist Riza-yi `Abbasi (ca. 1565–1635). Iran, Isfahan
The Lovers, dated Tuesday, 8 Shawwal A.H. 1039/ May 21, 1630 A.D. Artist Riza-yi `Abbasi (ca. 1565–1635). Iran, Isfahan

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Painting: 6–7/8 x 4–3/8 in. (17.5 x 11.1 cm) Page: 7–1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (18.1 x 11.9 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950
(50.164)

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Moroccan Court. Patti Cadby Birch Court
Moroccan Court. Patti Cadby Birch Court

New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later
South Asia, opening November 1, 2011, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York

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Hamzanama (the Stories of Hamza), Reign of Akbar (1556–1605), ca. 1570 Artist (attributed to) Dasavanta, Artist (attributed to) Mithra. India
Hamzanama (the Stories of Hamza), Reign of Akbar (1556–1605), ca. 1570 Artist (attributed to) Dasavanta, Artist (attributed to) Mithra. India

Ink, watercolor, and gold on cotton
27–7/8 x 21–5/8 in. (70.8 x 54.9 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1924
(24.48.1)

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