Heaven on Earth: Art from Islamic Lands: Works from the State Hermitage Museum and the Khalili Collection

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From the galleries of The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the Khalili Collection in London comes this dazzling display of art from the Islamic world. The exhibits, which are of great cultural, religious and aesthetic importance, include Qur'ans, textiles, jewelled objects and hardstones, metalwork, ceramics and paintings, and offer a superb introduction to the fine and decorative arts of the Islamic world. Ranging in date from the ninth to the nineteenth century and covering an area from Spain and the...
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From the galleries of The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the Khalili Collection in London comes this dazzling display of art from the Islamic world. The exhibits, which are of great cultural, religious and aesthetic importance, include Qur'ans, textiles, jewelled objects and hardstones, metalwork, ceramics and paintings, and offer a superb introduction to the fine and decorative arts of the Islamic world. Ranging in date from the ninth to the nineteenth century and covering an area from Spain and the Arab world to Persia and the Indian subcontinent, they are a vivid demonstration of the well-known Muslim tradition: 'Verily, God is beautiful and loves all beauty'. Authoritative essays by distinguished Islamic scholars, a map, glossary, and 145 colour photographs make this book an indispensable addition to the library of all who are interested in Islamic art and culture.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783791330556
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Islamic art : an introduction 17
'God's shadow on earth' : imperial and religious Islamic art 31
Islamic art in the state Hermitage museum 43
Catalogue 49
The Qur'an 50
Pottery and tilework 64
Glass 74
Stone and stucco 76
Metalwork 78
Carpets and textiles 96
Miniatures and album leaves 110
Mughal painting 138
Persian painting of the 18th and 19th centuries 144
Indian portraits 150
The formal portait in Qujar Iran 154
Arms 162
Goldsmiths' work and hardstones 170
Chronology of principal Islamic dynasties 185
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