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Close Looking: Islamic-Era Syrian Works from the Museums’ Collections

A multicolored tile features floral and vegetal designs in dark and light blue, green, and white.
Tile with grapes and vine leaves, Syrian, late 16th century. Ceramic. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums, 1985.279.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join curator Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım for an exploration of Islamic-era Syrian objects from our permanent collections. At the start of the session, Yoltar-Yıldırım will lead a brief discussion of coins, ceramics, and tiles from Umayyad, Abbasid, Ayyubid, and Ottoman periods in Syria.

Led by:
Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art

Free admission, but registration is required. You can register by clicking on the event on this form, beginning on Monday, April 8. A repeat of this seminar will be held at 11am.

Please sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk (Level 4), and be prepared to present a photo ID. All coats and bags must be placed in a locker prior to entering the study room.

This close-looking session is one of three events related to the 2024 Norma Jean Calderwood Lecture at the Harvard Art Museums, featuring an artist talk by Mohamad Hafez, “Preserving Memory and Loss” on April 17. Please see the lecture listing for more information about the related programming.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

This program is presented in partnership with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.