Responses to Islamic Art
What I've learnt being an Ambassador for Bradford
As part of the Bradford Young Ambassadors group I know lots more now about Cartwright Hall Art Gallery's collections. Before I started with the group I hadn't been to Cartwright in years and thought it would be the same stuffy things I'd seen a thousand times before, but now I feel comfortable in Cartwright Hall and have meet a lot of new people who I have got to know better and become friends with.
I have also come to appreciate Bradfords museums more because we have concentrated on Cartwright Hall and i found out that they change the exhibitions a lot more than i expected. We have also been to Bolling Hall and The Industrial Museum, at a later age than those school trips I got taken on it is easier to appreciate the things we have in bradford.
The two objects I chose for the timeline:
Artist - Rajesh Gogna born 1976
Material – Silver, brass, Perspex and plastic
I like this hookah because I often smoke shisha myself but this pipe makes it seem more clinical because the pipe is clear plastic and because the metal is plain and clean, the original culture of the pipe is seen in the metal though because it has the tradition patterns found in fretwork on wooden objects from Muslim countries around the world.
This gaming board shows the influences on Spain at the time very well because from early in the last millennium Spain was occupied mostly by Muslims until the late 1400's when the Christians were a major force in Spain. These influences are shown in the board because of the ribbon style carving which is prominent in Muslim artwork and because of the fact that it is a backgammon board which the English Crusaders brought back with them from the many places they had been on the crusades.
I like this board because the marquetry is really well done, rather than just being there it actually looks as it is supposed to and adds more to the board than there would normally be on a backgammon board. It also shows how the different cultures in a society however long ago they might have been around still influence people as late as the 16th Century.
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