The Contribution of the Timurids to Islamic Metalwork

Kaya L. G.

Bilig, ss.53-74, 2009 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 48
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Dergi Adı: Bilig
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.53-74


From a historical perspective, the Timurid rule in Persia from the late 14th to the early 16th century may be regarded as a short one. In this relatively short time, however, the Timurids have introduced significant economic, social, cultural and artistic changes and developments. The number of extant metalworks belonging to this era is few, but the ones that have remained make it obvious that they are highly different from examples produced earlier in Persia. Except for a few examples dating back to the late 14th and early 16th centuries, the Timurids may be said to have created a new artistic style in Islamic art. This style, which has come to be called the "Timurid taste", may be observed in all kinds of handicrafts including metalworks. This study evaluates Timurid metalwork through example artifacts and looks into the cultural, political and economic factors causing the emergence of this new and refined artistic taste.