Court And Craft: A Masterpiece From Northern Iraq at The Courtauld Institute Of Art

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Bag, Mosul, northern Iraq, 1300-1330: Brass, inlaid with gold and silver © The Courtauld Gallery, London


At Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq, discover an array of historic manuscripts, ceramics and luxury crafts from the country once ruled by the Mongol Empire.

Central to the exhibition is the chance to explore the fascinating history behind one of the most appealing and mysterious objects in The Courtauld’s collection: a handbag from Northern Iraq that was made circa 1300. No similar items are known to exist anywhere in the world.

Inlaid with gold and silver and showing an enthroned couple, the handbag has been described as one of the finest pieces of Islamic metalwork in existence. It was made for a lady in the Ilkhanid Dynasty that was established by Genghis Khan’s grandson Hulagu.

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