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Ninth century. From Syria oldest or Iraq. The Metropolitan York City Small inihrab, or prayer niche. Wood. Tulunid period, ninth-tenth century. From Egypt. The Louvre. Paris Carved panel, treated in a style resembling the "beveled carving" of Samarra. Wood. Tulunid period, ninth-tenth century. From Egypt. The Louvre, Paris 48 Museum of Art. New ;:^^ ') and West Turkestan, where they had been active since the Sassanian period. They managed monopoly pieces of their all in to hold their when first Egypt and later Mesopotamia succeeded in producing mastertype.
Samarra. Plate, painted in brown with geometric patterns and rudi- ments c. of Ktio. Victoria decoration, floral From & Mesopotamia. Albert Museum. London The reason desert. It for this poetic name is not clear, for the palace an exceptionally impressive fortification is were put into effect. It is situated in a very arid region within the is which progressive ideas of military ardiitecture in ascribed to Tsa ibn Musa, a former governor of Kufah, who, after falling into disfavor, retired embittered to his estates.
Of their predecessors, the "Abbasid artists concentrated more themes were included. Typical of Samarra are the so-called "portrait steles," of which a number of fragments were found palace. These are a kind of cylindrical clay jar, about thirt\-four inches to a point at the base so that they might be pressed into the soft tall, closed in a at the top and tapering ground and made to stand upright. The 45 function of these unique objects not altogether clear, but. leaving aside the decorative and pictorial is element, they are also interesting from the potters' standpoint.
Art of Islam by Carel J. Du Ky