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Architects used Assyrianizing motifs strategically to help their businesses stand out in New York’s competitive urban landscape.
Superimposing Arabic calligraphy over a photograph of El Salvador's Izalco volcano, Hasbun reflects on her family's diasporic origins.
Installed in Madison Square Park, these skeletal trees express the devastation of climate change.
One of a group buried in a temple almost 5,000 years ago, this statue’s job was to worship Abu—forever.
This ancient bronze mirror features elaborate designs representing immortality and the cosmos.
Painted spirals recall the crests of waves on this 4,500-year-old jar.
Members of the Kuosi society express the authority, affluence, and strength of the ruler through masquerade.
Poetry is central to this bowl—Persian and Arabic poems encircle the vessel on both its exterior and interior.
Buried in an Eastern Han tomb, this watchtower model represents the ideal world of the tomb occupant's afterlife in miniature.
Mamluk sultan al-Nasir Muhammad's candlestick base exemplifies a new visual language of power that emerged in 14th-century Egypt and Syria.
The Surrealist interest in chance, subconscious creativity, and metamorphosis of forms can be seen in Masson's Battle of Fishes
With two figures representing the Church and the Synagogue, this work demonstrates how Carolingians were negotiating the relationship between Christianity and Judaism