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Arts of allusion : object, ornament, and architecture in medieval Islam

Author: Margaret S Graves
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, ©2018 [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The art of the object reached unparalleled heights in the medieval Islamic world, yet the intellectual dimensions of ceramics, metalwares, and other plastic arts in this milieu have not always been acknowledged. Arts of Allusion reveals the object as a crucial site where pre-modern craftsmen of the eastern Mediterranean and Persianate realms engaged in fertile dialogue with poetry, literature, painting, and,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret S Graves
ISBN: 9780190695910 0190695919
OCLC Number: 1020564059
Awards: Winner of Winner of the International Center of Medieval Art Annual Book Prize.
Description: xi, 339 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Arts of the third dimension --
Portable objects and art historical horizons --
Miniature, model, microcosm --
The art of allusion --
The Intellect of the Hand. "Making is thinking" --
Architecture, art of process --
Thinking and making in tenth-century Iraq --
The eighth epistle --
The material imagination --
Makers, movements and mutable materials --
The craftsman in society --
Building Ornament. Taking the shapes of images --
Trails of ornament --
Building ornament --
Arcades and cordons sanitaires --
The inlaid surface --
Jaziran synthesis --
Occupied Objects. Lessons from a storeroom --
Seeing-with and the art of the object --
Occupied objects --
Inkwells, architecture, and conditioned vision --
The scribe in the inkwell --
Object as theatre --
Likeness and allusion --
Material Metaphors. The languages of objects --
The poet's craft --
Metal, stone, and smoke --
Mobile monuments --
Radiant monuments --
Metaphor and modality --
The Poetics of Ornament. From Nile to Kilga --
The city reinscribed --
Mediterranean miniatures --
Ornament as ekphrasis --
Memory and imagination --
Conclusion: Objects in an expanded field.
Other Titles: Object, ornament, and architecture in medieval Islam
Responsibility: Margaret S. Graves.

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Through close studies of ceramics, metalwares and other plastic arts from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries, Arts of Allusion reveals the object as a crucial site where pre-modern craftsmen of  Read more...

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