Detail, From the Real to the Symbolic City, From the series Desert of Pharan (2011–13), Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia, b. 1979), 2012, Color photograph, Purchase—Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, S2014.5 image

Detail, From the Real to the Symbolic City, From the series Desert of Pharan (2011–13), Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia, b. 1979), 2012, Color photograph, Purchase—Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, S2014.5

Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater

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Detail image, Funerary Relief Bust, Syria, 3rd century (dated 231 CE), Limestone, 60.1 x 55.3 x 23 cm, F1908.236

Detail, Funerary Relief Bust, Syria, 3rd century (dated 231 CE), Limestone, 60.1 x 55.3 x 23 cm, F1908.236

Palmyra

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Detail image, Folio from an unidentified album; Signed by Mir Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550); Uzbekistan, probably Bukhara, Shaybanid period, ca. 1530–40; Borders: India, Mughal period, ca. 1630–60; Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; Freer Gallery of Art, F1939.50b

Folio from an unidentified album; Signed by Mir Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550); Uzbekistan, probably Bukhara, Shaybanid period, ca. 1530–40; Borders: India, Mughal period, ca. 1630–60; Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; Freer Gallery of Art, F1939.50b

Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

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