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Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam

Margaret S. Graves


The art of the object reached unparalleled heights in the medieval Islamic world, yet the deep 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 premodern craftsmen of the eastern Mediterranean and Persianate realms engaged their creations in fertile dialogue with poetry, literature, painting, and, perhaps most strikingly, architecture. Through close studies of objects from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries, this book reveals that allusions to architecture abo ... More

Keywords: Medieval Islamic art, portable arts, decorative arts, craftsmanship, intellectual history, making, allusion, materiality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190695910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190695910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret S. Graves, author
Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington