Turkoman (Veneto-Saracenic metalware style)

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Scope note
Style of a sub-group of Veneto-Saracenic metal wares. This group of over a hundred pieces is based on the eleven pieces signed by Mahmud al-Kurdi. The eclectic and exuberant decoration of Mahmud al-Kurdi's works features centrifugal designs of cusped ogees, lime-shaped medallions, and cruciform motifs inlaid in silver in both spatial and linear techniques against a minutely incised arabesque ground. This style of decoration is similar to metalwork made during the same period for the Timrid dynasty in eastern Iran and Central Asia and the Mamluk rulers of Egypt and Syria although Mahmud al-Kurdi had a heightened interest in drama and color.
Accepted term: 22-Jul-2024