TEHRAN.(Iranart) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is organizing an exhibition focusing on the decorative techniques used in manuscripts from Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Mughal and Deccani India, the museum has announced.
The manuscripts have been selected from a collection accumulated by the German-American historian of Islamic art, Richard Ettinghausen.
The exhibition titled “Clouds and Gold Dust: Decorated Papers from the Ettinghausen Collection” opened on October 29 and will run through March 24, 2019.
“One of the distinctive features of manuscripts from Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Mughal and Deccani India is the frequent use of decorative techniques on the borders and even on the written surface of the book’s pages,” the organizers wrote in a statement for the showcase.
The collection “presents works on paper, enhanced with marbling, gold sprinkling, stenciled designs, and decoupage, alone or in combination with one another or with illumination.
“Ranging from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, the thirty-three folios on view reveal an endless variety of patterns and embellishments, surrounding elegantly penned poetic verses and, eventually, forming freestanding images.”
Source: Tehran Times