Exhibition: Court and Craft – a Masterpiece from Northern Iraq

Court and Craft - Courtald Gallery

Exhibition dates: 20 February – 18 May 2014

Discover the story behind one of the most beautiful and enigmatic objects in The Courtauld’s collection: a bag made in Northern Iraq around 1300. No other object of this kind is known.

Inlaid with gold and silver and decorated with a courtly scene showing an enthroned couple as well as musicians, hunters and revellers, it ranks as one of the finest pieces of Islamic metalwork in existence. Intricate geometric patterns complete the decoration.

The bag was made for a lady in the courtly circles of the Mongol Ilkhanid dynasty, established in west Asia by Genghis Khan’s grandson, Hulagu. This exhibition considers this luxury craft tradition before and after the Mongol invasion.

Court and Craft explores the origin and cultural context of this extraordinary object, alongside displays of illustrated manuscripts, ceramics and other luxury crafts.

For more information, visit the website of the Courtald Gallery, London

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