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See 'Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq'

Date Posted: 28/02/14

See 'Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq'

Until May 18th, The Courtauld Gallery will be staging its first exhibition of art from the Islamic world.

Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq will feature many ornate pieces of handicrafts which date back to the 13th and 14th centuries.

The highlight of the exhibition is a brass container inlaid with detailed scenes of courtly life in gold and silver. The object was acquired by the Victorian collector Thomas Gambier Parry in 1858 and given to The Courtauld by his grandson in 1966.

The piece is actually thought to be a lady’s handbag made in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq around 1300-1330 and is likely to have be owned by a high-ranking woman of the court. A life-size display will recreate the lavish court scene on the bag and feature objects similar to those depicted.

Make your visit to the gallery part of a weekend break to the capital.

Posted by Victoria Stathers

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