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Diana Grigoryan & Izabella Bakchajian
Professor: Dr. Leanna Wolfe
The letter “Kaf”.
• By Ali Omar Ernes
Written in Arabic, can be seen as
Islamic art. Contemporary artists use
these single letters as an art form, an
expression of their cultural, or religious
The letter “KAF”
Also known as (Partial)
Syria, late 12th early 13th century.
These monochromatic glazed
polygonal tiles were used for wall
decorations as well as for flooring.
The specific tiles shown in the
picture used to be part of a floor.
They were mostly used in Syria and
Diyarbakr (northeastern Anatolia).
Iran, Kashan, early 14th century.
A mirab is a characteristic
architectural element in
mosques, and tombs throught
out the Islamic world. It
emphasizes the direction of
Mecca toward which Muslim
prayer us oriented. The upper
panel has an inscription of a
passage from the Qur’an that
refers to Paradise.
Section of a Mibrab
The Qur’an, 114 chapters, were divided for the purpose of recitation.
One section could be read out loud each day of the month, mainly
during Ramadan, the month of fasting.
The text was written seven lines per page in an elegant cursive known
as “muhaqqaq”, which may be translated as “meticulously produced.”
It is the surviving leather that makes the manuscript so rare.
Section of a Qur’an
Some sculptures of
Although this is not how
they actually looked like.
It is just to give us an
idea of there looks and
Known as a women’s blouse
In the Tz’utujil speaking town of
Santiago Atitlan, weavers wuld
include aspects of their sacred
landscape into their designs.
The 3 mountains around the neck
line on both sides relate the people
of the town to the center of the
cosmos, where 3 mountains arose
from the primordial waters as the
initial acts of creation
This is by Miguel Gonzalez; oil on
canvas on wood, inlaid with mother
The enconchado technique is
placing small pieces of mother of
pearl onto a wooden support or
canvas then covering them with a
This picture is the famous Virgin of
Guadalupe placed on top of an
eagle sitting on a cactus.
The frame is decorated with
symbols of the Litany of the Virgin
which is Japanese lacquerwork.
Virgin of Guadalupe
Male figure in guise of Xipe Totec
Mexico, Aztec, 1400-1521
Xipe Totec means “Our lord the flayed
one” was the god of springtime and the
renewal of vegetation.
Ritual Life: Divination and Power
Royal responsibilities not
only included social,
ecnomic, and political
affairs but also ritual
These were used for the
Ritual dance; humans
symbolically took on the
characteristics of their
supernatural patrons in
order to show their actions.
Bold and Beautiful: The Jewelry of South India
The dramatic traditional jewelry
of south India differs in material,
technique, form and cultural
Gold, and, to a lesser extent,
silver are they preferred
It is also known as a Babb
These were filled with water and used to
The clay helps keep the water cool.
It is associated specifically with Iraq
• Diana & Izabella went to the museum together so
they decided to do their photo inventory together.
We did a few more than 10 slides only because we
are two people. Thank you.