Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A tent that was a symbol of Islamic power at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Royal Round Tent Made for Muhammad Shah (ruled 1834–48). Iran, Rasht, Qajar period (1779–1925).
OHIO--At Islamic courts, tents were symbols of royal power and prosperity; wealthy dynasties owned thousands of tents in various shapes and sizes. Tents were often presented as luxurious gifts but also pitched for imperial ceremonies and military campaigns, and while travelling. The Cleveland Museum of Art has acquired a spectacular imperial tent, on display to the public for the first time from July 19, 2015, to June 26, 2016, created for Muhammad Shah who ruled Iran from 1834 to 1848 during the Qajar dynasty.

Cleveland Museum of Art: "Muhammad Shah's Royal Persian Tent" (Ends June 26, 2016); 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH; (216) 421-7340; clevelandart.org