5 Episodes

Department of Islamic Art

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Poetic License by
Martina Rugiadi
, curator

Ibn Sukkara al-Hashimi (Iran): Wine Cup

It’s actually a celebration of the exalted status of being drunk.
#94
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Line by
Sheila Canby
, curator

Groom and Rider [Iran, Tabriz]

There’s no break in the line; there’s no hesitation in the hand of the artist.
#52
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Paradox by
Maryam Ekhtiar
, curator

Goa Stone and Gold Case [India, Goa]

Works of art aren’t what they seem always.
#48
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Getting Lost by
Deniz Beyazit
, curator

Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66) [Turkey, Istanbul]

By looking closely I really discovered that there is a system. That there is a beauty. There is a sense of music even behind how these flowers work together.
#16
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Open-Minded by
Navina Haidar
, curator

"Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan to Shelter the Villagers of Braj," Folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna)) [Present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore]

One of the great masterpieces of world art was really given rise to by the openness of the Muslim mind.
#10
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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