Exhibition dates: 27 April – 24 July 2016
One of the most productive periods in the history of the region from Iran to Anatolia (eastern Turkey) corresponds to the rule of the Seljuqs and their immediate successors, from 1038 to 1307. The Seljuqs were a Turkic dynasty of Central Asian nomadic origin that established a vast, but relatively short-lived empire in West Asia (present-day Turkmenistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey). Under Seljuq rule, the exchange and synthesis of diverse traditions – including Turkmen, Perso-Arabo-Islamic, Byzantine, Armenian, Crusader, and other Christian cultures – accompanied economic prosperity, advances in science and technology, and a great flowering of culture within the realm. Opening on 27 April at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landmark international loan exhibition ‘Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs’ will feature spectacular works of art created from the eleventh through to the thirteenth century from Turkmenistan to the Mediterranean.
Some 270 objects – including ceramics, glass, stucco, works on paper, woodwork, textiles and metalwork – from American, European and Middle Eastern public and private collections will be shown. Many of the institutions have never lent works from their collections before. Among the highlights will be a dozen important loans from Turkmenistan – the exhibition marks the first time that Turkmenistan as an independent country has permitted an extended loan of a group of objects to a museum in the United States.
For more information, visit the website of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA.