Exhibition Focuses On Iraqi Masterpiece

Date Posted: 10/01/2014

The Courtauld Gallery in London is exhibiting one of its rarest objects as part of Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq running from 20th February to 18th May.

The object in question is a brass bag inlaid with gold and silver, made in northern Iraq around 1300.

Decorated with a courtly scene showing a couple surrounded by their retinue of courtiers as well as musicians, hunters and revellers, it ranks as one of the finest pieces of Islamic inlaid metalwork in existence.

The exhibition will explore the origins, function and imagery of this masterpiece, as well as the cultural context in which it was made.

A further highlight will be a life-size display evoking the court scene on the lid. This will feature objects similar to those depicted there, including a Chinese lacquered table, a silver bowl and spoon, gold earrings, a glass beaker and bottle.

A school visit to the Courtauld

Self-guided visits to the gallery are available to school groups every day except Mondays.  

Advance booking is essential for school trip organisers wishing to make a self-guided visit in order to gain free entry.

For further school trip information visit www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery.

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