Tray

DATE:
c. 1875
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Brass, copper, and silver
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
1 × 19 3/8 × 19 3/8 in. (2.54 × 49.21 × 49.21 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
304 SNAIL GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Caltex Petroleum Corporation
COPYRIGHT:
This work is in the public domain. Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1998.138

General Description

This 19th-century tray from Syria shows how Islamic artists used essentially abstract ornamental patterns combined with calligraphy. Stars and flowers become part of a geometric design that also incorporates the name of Allah, the one true God. Islamic art generally avoided figurative imagery, but, as you see in the tray, capitalized on a brilliant tradition of linear decorative designs, often called arabesques.

Excerpt from

  • Anne Bromberg, Label text.