Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs

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'Court and Cosmos will swiftly become the main "go-to" text for the Seljuqs' material culture.' - Al-Masaq

A survey of the artistic, cultural, and technological achievements of the vast Seljuq empire

The powerful and culturally prolific Seljuqs were a dynastic tribe whose reach extended from Central Asia to the eastern Mediterranean-dominated the Islamic world from the 11th to the 14th century. This groundbreaking book, accompanying an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines the roots and impact of this formidable empire, featuring 300 objects as evidence of the artistic and cultural flowering that occurred under Seljuq rule.

Beginning with a historical overview of the dynasty, Court and Cosmos covers such topics as the rise of the Seljuq sultanate, the development of astrology and magic, the visual expression of discoveries in science, medicine, and technology, and the courtly, funerary, and literary arts. Glazed ceramics, incised glass, inlaid metalwork, handwoven textiles, illuminated manuscripts, and more are captured in new photographs. Court and Cosmos is a comprehensive study of the breadth of Seljuq achievement, illuminating the splendour of one of Islam's most magnificent dynasties and providing insights into a rich cultural tradition that has shaped the legacy of Islamic culture to this day.

  • Authors: Sheila Canby is curator in charge and Deniz Beyazit is assistant curator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Date published: May 2016
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1588395894
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm

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