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Middle East

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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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Rotations
Predator by
Fiona Kidd
, curator

Clasp with an eagle and its prey [Parthian]

So rarely do we get a real snapshot of an individual.
#90
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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On Site
Bricks by
Sarah B. Graff
, curator

Two Panels with striding lions [Babylonian]

It always had this possibility to come alive in a very real sense.
#74
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Close-Ups
Hyperreality by
Kim Benzel
, curator

Relief panel [Assyrian]

That infinite image creates an endless echoing, which is almost dizzying and supernatural.
#72
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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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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On Site
Cinematic by
Helen Evans
, curator

Plate with the Battle of David and Goliath [Byzantine]

One doesn’t tend to think of silver plates as being quite as emotionally involving.
#35
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Sealed by
Yelena Rakic
, curator

Cylinder seal and modern impression: nude bearded hero wrestling with a water buffalo; bull-man wrestling with lion [Mesopotamia]

It does seem to indicate the balancing of forces of nature.
#29
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Sounds
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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