Vegetal Patterns in Islamic Art

Contributed By: Elisheva Cohen
Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Author: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, Department of Islamic Art
Collection: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Condition of Use: All Rights Reserved

A variety of objects from the museum’s collection illustrate the concepts in the short but lucid background essay which tracks the development of vegetal patterns from Byzantine antecedents through an experimental diversity that culminated in a fully developed “Islamic style,” which was then further influenced by Chinese motifs and patterns after the Mongol invasion and a later naturalism. The authors make the point that “with the exception of the garden and its usual reference to paradise, vegetal motifs and patterns in Islamic art are largely devoid of symbolic meaning.” >

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