Allure of the Near East: Treasures from the Huntington Museum of Art

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Dates: June 18–August 21, 2022

Location: Groh Gallery

This important exhibition brings a breathtaking selection of Islamic decorative arts to Hagerstown, and allows the museum to showcase complementary works in its own collection, to further illuminate the stunning visual traditions of a number of Islamic regions. The rich and varied assortment of objects showcases the exquisite craftsmanship, fine materials, and sophistication of decorative arts from a variety of countries, including present-day Iran, Egypt, Syria, Turkey and others.

The Near Eastern world—roughly, the region of Asia west of India—is a vivid patchwork of many different peoples, languages, and traditions. Its history stretches back to Neolithic times, and its dynasties and empires have contributed in major ways to the development of human knowledge. Comprising works of fine glassware, ceramics, metalwork, painting, weaponry, weaving, and much more, Allure of the Near East includes objects meant for both palaces and ordinary homes, evoking a rich and comprehensive vision of daily life in the Near East, both recent and long ago. (Opens June 18, 2022 and runs through August 21, 2022)

Objects date from the 7th century to the late 19th century CE.

Allure of the Near East: Treasures from the Huntington Museum of Art is curated by Christopher Hatten, organized by the Huntington Museum of Art, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.


2. Bowl, Egypt or Syria


15. Tile, Syria