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Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam / Margaret S. Graves

Publication year: 2018

ISBN: 9780190695910

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The art of the object reached unparalleled heights in the medieval Islamic world, yet the deep intellectual dimensions of ceramics, metalwares, and other plastic arts in this milieu have not always been acknowledged. Arts of Allusion reveals the object as a crucial site where premodern craftsmen of the eastern Mediterranean and Persianate realms engaged their creations in fertile dialogue with poetry, literature, painting, and, perhaps most strikingly, architecture. Through close studies of objects from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries, this book reveals that allusions to architecture abound across media in the portable arts of the medieval Islamic world.

Subject: Architecture, Medieval -- Middle East, Art and architecture -- Islamic countries, Art, Medieval, History of architecture