The Realm of Princes

I highly recommend that you stop by the Arthur Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian, ofr their exhibit “In the Realm of Princes“. It consists of many works of art from the heyday of Islamic civilization along various points on the Silk Route. Here are some pictures from my trip there.

A lot of the pieces harken back to the Islamic Rennaissance, which spilled over into the European one. And as you peek into the exhibits from Persia, Iraq and North Africa, you’ll see how the extensive trading networks allowed for ideas and cultures to influence one another.

I did find it interesting that many of the pieces were left open to the elements. Of course, if you got too close to the large Chinese wardrobe, it would beep at you, but the ancient Persian door I could have throughly inspected with no interruption whatsoever.

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