Imagining Islamic Aesthetic #39 – Nasrid Art and Architecture

Now I am restarting the IIA (Imagining Islamic Aesthetic) after a long time not posting any articles under this category. For this edition, I would like to focus on one of my favourite Islamic period, in the artistic sense, the Nasrid period.

The Nasrid dynasty, or Banu Nasr in Arabic was the last Muslim dynasty that ruled Spain, rising to power after the collapse of the Almohad Dynasty in 1212. The Nasrids are known for their expansive palaces and mosques, as well as highly developed arts. Below are few of great examples of Nasrid art and architecture.

Nasrid situla from the Alhambra of Granada, Made of cast, engraved, nielloed and fire-gilded bronze. At the rim (repeated): “The continuous happiness”. At medallions: “Happiness and prosperity, blessing and wishes come true”.

Alhambra-type vase, made in the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada.It comes from Hornos (Province of Jaén, Andalusia, Spain).

Lamp from the mosque of Oran (Algeria). It is a bell reused and transformed into a lamp.It was made in the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada.

mosaics and arabesks on a wall of the Myrtle court, Alhambra, Granada, Spain. The tiling, called Zillij or Zellige in Morocco can be found all over the Alhambra and Generalife complex.

Author - Hans Bernhard (Schnobby)

The Alhambra in Granada (Spain) at night. Alhambra is one, if not the proudest and most grandeur architectural masterpiece of Nasrid dynasty.


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