The Treasures Of Islamic Art In The Museums Of Cairo by Bernard O'kaneThe Treasures Of Islamic Art In The Museums Of Cairo by Bernard O'kane

The Treasures Of Islamic Art In The Museums Of Cairo

EditorBernard O'kane

Hardcover | May 15, 2006

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Cairo's museums are home to some of the richest collection 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 reflectedin 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 fromother 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, textile, 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 propertyof 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 artthat were crafted and amassed throughout the ages. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with specially commissioned color photographs. Contributors to this volume include Mohamed Abbas, Noha Abou-Khatwa, Farouk Askar, Mohamed Hamza, and Bernard O'Kane.
Bernard O'Kane is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Studies in Persian Art and Architecture (AUC Press, 1995) and Early Persian Painting: Kalila and Dimna Manuscripts of the Late 14th Century (AUC Press, 2003).
Title:The Treasures Of Islamic Art In The Museums Of CairoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.88 × 13.5 × 1.1 inPublished:May 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9774248600

ISBN - 13:9789774248603