Islamic Arms and Armor in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This handsome book presents exquisitely crafted weapons and armour from the Islamic world. Armour and weaponry were central to Islamic culture not only as a means of conquest and the spread of faith, but also as symbols of status, wealth, and power.
More than 120 examples taken from the renowned collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art are presented in detail and demonstrate the remarkable craftsmanship and beauty of Islamic arms and armour. These diverse objects, which have never been catalogued or published in detail, span ten centuries and represent nearly every Islamic culture, from Spain to the Caucasus.
Among these masterpieces are rare early works, such as the oldest documented Islamic sword, and fine examples of decorated helmets and body armour from late-15th-century Iran and Anatolia. Also included are lavish gem-studded weapons from royal courts in the Ottoman world and India. Each piece is handsomely photographed, with a detailed discussion of its technical, historical, and artistic importance as well as a transcription of the inscriptions. Additional material includes an introductory essay, map, glossary and bibliography.
- Author: David G. Alexander
- Hardcover: 348 pages
- Date published: January 2016
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
- ISBN: 978-1588395702
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.8 cm