Fri

15

Oct

2010

Islamic Art 10th-early 11th century: Plaque

Plaque, 10th–early 11th century; Caliphal
Attributed to Córdoba, Spain
Ivory, quartz, pigment

H. 4 1/4 x 8 in. (10.8 x 20.3 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.141)

This panel, carved from a single piece of elephant ivory, once adorned one side of a rectangular casket. The complexity of the decoration as well as the attention to details—such as the eyes of humans and animals, which were drilled and filled with minute clear stones—demonstrate the refinement and accomplishment of such an object.
Source: Plaque [Attributed to Córdoba, Spain] (13.141) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/

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Fri

15

Oct

2010

Islamic Art 10th Century: Carved marble

Capital, 10th century
Spain, probably Madinat al-Zahra'
Carved marble

H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm), Gr. W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Theodore D. Davis collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1930 (30.95.134)

This capital probably came from the splendid Umayyad royal residence city of Madinat al-Zahra’, near Córdoba, Spain, which was founded in 936. The classical tradition so important in Umayyad Syrian art is evident here. This is not surprising in light of the Syrian roots of this caliphal house (711–1031), which arose in Spain after the Umayyad dynasty was replaced and almost extinguished by the new cAbbasid rulers centered in Baghdad.


Source: Capital [Spain] (30.95.134) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

from http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/30.95.134

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Tue

05

Oct

2010

Sculptures of Native American scenes made out of paper by Allen and Patty Eckman

 

 

These stunningly detailed sculptures may only be made from paper - but they are being snapped up by art fans for tens of thousands of pounds. The intricate creations depict Native American scenes and took up to 11 months to make using a specially formulated paper

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Tue

21

Sep

2010

AT&T (Commercial) Art

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Sun

19

Sep

2010

Sand Art, simply amazing relaxation

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Sun

19

Sep

2010

Nail Gun Art

Art comes in different form and from sometimes unexpected forms.  If others here know of some interesting art in some other media, please let's add it here.

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