|Tuesday's weather was so nice it seems a good idea to go for a walk that ended up in the brand spanking new . The galleries are spectacular!. I was really interested in seeing carvings and surface decorations. I was not disappointed. At the entrance of the exhibition is a large Qur'an holder. From Iran or Central Asia, dated 1360 it is of the same exact design of the book holder that Roy Underhill and Popular Woodworking explained how to make in the Feburary 2011 issue. However this one is floorstanding and covered with amazing carvings. |
Here is another picture showing some slightly out of focus carvings that cover the base of the holder. In addition to work from all over the region the exhibit also covers Arabic influences on design and this detail (last photo) of a 16th century Spanish box, inlaid with ivory decorations gives a small taste of the amazing stuff they have on exhibit. The entire exhibit is wonderfully mounted and expressively lit. There are a couple of rooms that are just jaw-dropping and I know I need a bunch of repeat visits to understand what I saw. Some of the pottery was great, but the carvings and metalwork really standout.
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