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The Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo

edited by Bernard O'Kane
Format
Book
Published
Cairo ; New York : The American University in Cairo Press, [2006]
Language
English
ISBN
9774248600, 9789774248603
Related Resources
Contributor biographical information Publisher description The Sabin W. Colton, Jr., Memorial Fund Home Page
Summary
"Cairo's museums are home to some of the richest collections of Islamic art in the world. Long the seat of great dynasties, whose rulers and descendants both amassed and patronized works of art, Cairo's status as one of the wealthiest and most populous cities of the medieval world is reflected in the exquisite arts and crafts that make up its collections, which expanded in the twentieth century through the purchase of private collections so that they now include not just the arts of the dynasties that made Cairo their capital, such as the Fatimids, Ayyubids, and Mamluks, but material from other important areas of the Islamic world, such as Iran and Turkey, as well." "Masterpieces of every medium are represented, including the decorative arts of ceramics, metalwork, textiles, woodwork, glass, carved stone and ivory, and the art of the book. The objects vary from pieces made for purely secular purposes, many of them with blazons showing that they were the property of the great amirs of the time, to some of the choicest examples recovered from the architectural masterpieces that permeate Cairo's landscape." "An introductory chapter guides the reader into the world of Islam and its art, while subsequent chapters unfold and describe the riches of the works of art that were crafted and amassed throughout the ages. The book is illustrated throughout with specially commissioned color photographs."--Jacket.
Contents
  • The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo / Farouk S. Asker
  • Introduction to Islamic art / Bernard O'Kane
  • The Umayyads and Abbasids (658-1258) / Faroud S. Asker
  • The Fatimids (969-1171) / Mohamed Abbas
  • The Ayyubids and early Mamluks (1171-1382) / Bernard O'Kane
  • The Burgi Mamluks (1382-1517) / Mohamed Hamza Ismaʻil al-Haddad
  • Ottoman art (1517-19th century) / Noha Abou-Katwa
  • Iranian art / Bernard O'Kane.
Description
xv, 312 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 34 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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