Preparing for Prayer
Welcome to Reverent Ornament
CMA Curator of Education Glenna Barlow welcomes you to Reverent Ornament: Art from the Islamic World.
What Is Islamic Art?
Tap the image to hear about the term Islamic art and its origins in a Western world view.
Image: Filippo Barolini (Italian, 1861–1908). Preparing for Prayer, c. 1875. Watercolor on paper.
Prayer Carpet (Iran)
Faith and Prayer
Tap the image to learn more about Islam and its practices.
Image: Prayer Carpet, late 19th century. Tabriz, Iran. Silk.
The Pursuit of Science
Tap the image to learn about how scientific discoveries were embraced by Muslim culture.
Image: Astrolabe, 1717–1718. Iran. Brass
How To Use an Astrolabe
Via the British Museum YouTube Channel (Runtime 6:25)
Tap the image to find out about the influences of Chinese ceramics and the Mongol Empire on this decorative plate from Iran.
Image: Charger, first half of 18th century. Iran. Underglaze-painted fritware.
See an Example of Chinese Ceramics
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Lusterware and Mathematics
Tap the image for more about the history and significance of this eight-point tile.
Image: Star-shaped Tile, 14th century. Iran. Underglaze-painted fritware.
See More Examples of Eight Pointed Star Tiles
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Where Is Kashan? What Is Lustre?
Via Abbas Akbari’s YouTube Channel (Runtime 10:18)
Tap the image to learn about the history of water pipes and the gender stereotypes that surround it.
Image: Huqqa Base, 19th century. Iran, Qajar period. Copper and painted enamel.
A traditional hookah base from Iran, 1750-1800
Qajar woman smoking a hookah
Djinns and Divs
Tap the image to hear about the figures on this vessel and how (and when) figuration was used in Islamic art.
Image: Covered Vessel, c. 1860. Iran, Qajar period. Brass.
Rustam Fights the Son of the White Div who Guarded Bizhan by Ferdowsi
Prayer Carpet (Southern Transcaucasia)
Tap the image to learn about how the carpet went from being a practical solution to a global industry.
Image: Prayer Carpet, late 19th century. Southern Transcaucasia. Wool.
The Traditional Art of Azerbaijani Carpet Weaving in the Republic of Azerbaijan
Via the UNESCO YouTube channel (Runtime 10:40)