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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Figural Representation in Early Iranian Ceramics

Figural Representation is often restricted in Islamic Art since the culture and the belief show that creation of living forms is unique to God. However, figural representation such as heroic warriors, animals, and great beauties can still be seen on some ceramics as decorative elements, especially in Persian art. This lesson focuses on the figural representation in Iranian ceramics in the 10th, 12th, and 13th centuries. It allows the viewers who are interested to look beyond the artistic elements and consider the narrative that inspired the decorative paintings and the symbolic patterns on the ceramics. This lesson is intended for people who already have some knowledge about the history of the Middle Eastern region. 

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