Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century

April 16, 1989 – July 6, 1989

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevels 1 and 2 Floor Plan

On view are some 160 artifacts and artworks that present the cultural achievements of Timur or Tamerlane, the Asian emperor whose military conquests reshaped the social, political, and cultural climate of large parts of Iran and Central Asia during the 15th century. Highlights include the earliest known suit of Islamic mail and plate armor in iron and gold, a sandlewood box, and a 15th-century cloud collar. Featured are paintings, metalwork, ceramics, calligraphies, jade, carvings, wood carvings, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts.

The objects exhibited are on loan from various public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Topkapi Palace Museum and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, both located in Istanbul, Turkey; the Egyptian National Library, Cairo; the British Library, London; the State Hermitage Museum, Leningrad, USSR; and the USSR State Treasury, Moscow.

The exhibition is cosponsored by the Sackler Gallery and the Los Angeles County Musem of Art.

No photography permitted.