February 18 — May 14, 2023
The Near Eastern world — roughly, the region including India and the Asian countries to its west — is a vivid patchwork of many different peoples, languages, and traditions, with a history stretching back to Neolithic times. Comprising works of fine glassware, ceramics, metalwork, painting, weaponry, weaving, and much more, Reverent Ornament shares timeless Islamic art that celebrates everyday life, history, and culture in Iran, Egypt, India, Syria, and Turkey. The works, some of which are centuries old, include objects meant for palaces as well as ordinary homes, evoking a rich and comprehensive vision of daily life from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Organized by the Huntington Museum of Art and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.
Syria, Tile (detail), 17th century, underglaze-painted fritware.
Gift of Drs. Joseph B. and Omayma Touma.
Dr. Jessica Kross