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Art History Resource List: Early European Art to Late 20th Century

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Qalamdan (pen-case or pen-box) from Abbasid and Ottoman empires

The bottom picture is the tools of an Ottoman katib (read the caption to know which tool is which). The pen-case has an ink well which holds silk fibers soaked with ink and dried to which drops of water can be added when needed. If you look closely at the pen-rest, there is a raised and grooved part for the reed pen to rest. The groove was designed in a way that the tip of the reed pen could be trimmed at an angle consistently each time. The handles of the scissors were shaped to bear one of the names of Allah “Ya Fattah!” (O He Who opens!).


Have you seen #artofquran?

#Reposting @esagheer – From our visit to the The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts Exhibition!
Don’t miss it! You will love the gift shop.
#artofquran #quran #Islam
Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries
October 22, 2016–February 20, 2017
Almost sixty sumptuous manuscripts, created from Herat to Istanbul between the early eighth and the seventeenth century, are featured in The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. This exhibition is the first major presentation of Qur’ans in the United States. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts play a significant role in the history of the arts of the book in the Islamic world. The volumes were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans, queens, pashas, and viziers, who presented them as gifts to other rulers, as rewards to noblemen, or endowed them to important public institutions. Together, the manuscripts convey stories of personal piety and political power that are explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.
Here is the link to the official website

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Kul كل I and II (2013: UV digital print) - Saudi Artist NASSER AL SALEM

In arabic, Kul كل holds several meanings around everything/all/whole and in accordance with the artist’s occasional depiction of Islamic texts within a contemporary artistic context, here too Nasser tries to depict the wholesome of God “الله” by conceptualizing it through art. The beauty in Nasser’s portrayal of Kul lies within the limitless and unbound inclusion of different characteristics/names of God’s existence within Islamic teachings. Not only are they visually appealing, but they also harbour a dense amount of reflection based on the repetitions and rippling effects seen. For example, three of Allah’s 99 names in Islam are “The First الأول”, “The Last الأخر”, and “The All Encompassing الواسع” and these can be clearly seen within Nasser Al Salem’s depiction. But concurrently and upon further reflection, names and characteristics like “The Compeller الجبار” and “The Expander الباسط” start to become more evident physically/visually, as well as conceptually. This portrayal of course is never easy, and requires a massive amount of sensitivity and care with such religious texts as Nasser explained in an Interview with the “Arabnews”: 

It’s sometimes just a bit difficult translating classic religious texts and messages into contemporary forms of art. I have to represent the meanings very well, without having the contemporary elements of the work overpowering the idea. They have to complement each other very well. I have to continually go back to references, do a lot of research. It’s a responsibility but I’m very proud of it. It allows me to introduce new concepts — religious and social.

Kul I and II were the pieces that Nasser participated with in Victoria and Albert Museum 2013 Jameel Prize, which he lost to Turkish fashion designer Dice Kayek but made him the first Saudi to ever participate in this Prize.