Precious and Rare: Islamic Metal Work from the Courtauld image

Precious and Rare: Islamic Metal Work from the Courtauld

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

From September The Courtauld will be embarking on a touring exhibition of remarkable pieces of Islamic metalwork dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The objects include some of the finest examples of this intricate craft from modern-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and Turkey, and will travel to four venues across the UK. The most spectacular piece in the collection is the Courtauld Bag, made in Mosul, present day northern Iraq, for a noble lady of the Persian-Mongol court, around 1300 – 1330. It is recognised as one of the finest pieces of Islamic inlaid metalwork in existence, and the only surviving object of its kind.

This national tour of the collection will be the first time the Courtauld Bag will be shown outside the Courtauld in over 40 years.

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