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Illumination Waqf
Date: 2013
Object Name: diptych
Materials: Gold, ink and colors on off-set print
Dimensions: Overall each: 60 1/2 × 40 1/2 in (153.7 cm × 102.9 cm) Framed: 70 × 50 in (177.8 cm × 127 cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Department: West Asian Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: 2014.15.a-.b
On Display: No

Description

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Ahmed Mater's diptych is in the format of a page opening from an Islamic manuscript with decorated borders. But instead of verses from the Qur'an, the borders frame a torso-length human x-ray. Those familiar with Islamic art would recognize that the human figure is rarely, if ever, seen in a religious context. Yet, the artist's delicate illumination in gold and blue and the use of the word waqf (meaning "charitable donation")  on the page references traditional Islamic art and Qur'an manuscripts in particular. Mater plays with multiple meanings of the word "illumination": as the precise ornament on the painted page that adds light to God's word, as the revealing of the interior human body with x-ray technology, and as the lighting up of the soul through the words of God.

 


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Exhibition History: "First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian", Asian Art Museum, 9/4/15-10/11/15
Label:

Ahmed Mater's diptych is in the format of a page opening from an Islamic manuscript with decorated borders. But instead of verses from the Qur'an, the borders frame a torso-length human x-ray. Those familiar with Islamic art would recognize that the human figure is rarely, if ever, seen in a religious context. Yet, the artist's delicate illumination in gold and blue and the use of the word waqf (meaning "charitable donation")  on the page references traditional Islamic art and Qur'an manuscripts in particular. Mater plays with multiple meanings of the word "illumination": as the precise ornament on the painted page that adds light to God's word, as the revealing of the interior human body with x-ray technology, and as the lighting up of the soul through the words of God.

 


Exhibition History: "First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian", Asian Art Museum, 9/4/15-10/11/15