Islamic Art



Now available in paperback, this superb title from the beautiful series of strikingly designed, collectable books offering a closer look at the craftsmanship, decoration, motifs and patterns of world cultures


ISBN: 9780714111896 Category:

Sheila R. Canby


This stunning book offers an introduction to and an exceptional view of an imposing collection of arts from across the Islamic world, highlighting outstanding examples of design, workmanship and craft in paintings and manuscripts, calligraphy, metalwork, ceramics, jade, glass, wood and ivory. The book opens with an explanation of the characteristics common to artistic creativity stretching back to the seventh century, from Spain to Indonesia. Works of superlative quality are then organised into chapters relating to central themes such as religion and belief, the supernatural and natural worlds, feasting, the hunt, war, music and power. The author explores each magnificent artwork in turn, providing cultural context and pointing out special features. By showing the complete artwork as well as enlarged details – sometimes virtually invisible to the naked eye – intriguing comparisons can be drawn and juxtapositions made between seemingly unrelated media. The selection of illustrations evokes the hand and eye of the most accomplished artists of the Islamic world.

Additional information

Weight 592 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 21.5 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 1 October 2015
Number of pages 144
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.7 x 21.5 cm
Weight 592 g


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