Islamic Art Paper

766 Words Jun 21st, 2013 4 Pages
Tyanne Rowe
Museum Paper

The Mihrab (prayer niche) dated 12th century, the point of origin being the city of Isfahan located in Iran is the object that captured my attention. This piece is considered to be a ceramic design made of “polychrome glazed cut tiles on a stone paste body that was later set into mortar”. Madrasa Imami is a school, in which this piece in was created 1354, later it was sold to Arthur U. Pope in 1931.
When arriving at the museum I noticed that the items on display in the Islamic Art section were very utilitarian in nature. They were well-crafted beautifully designed tools. Arabic inscription a common theme through out all of the objects. Seeing the art up close is definitely a more satisfying experience,
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Line also plays a role in the design element of this piece. There are many lines that create patterns that weave and interlock throughout the space that is not occupied by Arabic text creating symmetrical and geometrical shapes that add to the design.
The lighting of the Mihrab was very flat, there were no spotlights directed on the prayer niche. The choice of lighting was good in that there was no need to highlight specific areas the design flowed evenly. There was enough to visualize throughout the piece. The form and function of the Mihrab is consistent to the traditional structure of many prayer niches during that time. There is nothing abstract or necessarily different about the way it was constructed other than the color and design used. This is simply a functional structure that held true for what it was used for which is the direction in which Muslims prayed towards, inside the mosque itself. The glass like surface of the tiles made it appear shiny in nature, very smooth looking stones were used. The design itself isn’t reminiscent of Byzantine Art from that time

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