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AP® Art History Teaching Resources

West and Central Asia, 500 BCE to 1980 CE

Key Work of Art or Architecture

Related Content for Contextual Understanding

181. Petra, Jordan (c 400 BCE to 100 CE) Nabataean Ptolemaic & Roman. Petra, Jordan: Treasury and Great Temple (24) Comparison: Mesa Verde, Colorado & Petra, Jordan (20)
182. Buddha, Bamiyan, Afghanistan (400 to 800 CE) Gandharan. Buddha. Bamiyan, Afghanistan (23)

Art & Architecture: Buddhist (33)

Buddhism: Representations of Buddha (11)

183. The Kaaba, Mecca (631 to 632 CE) Islamic. The Kaaba. Mecca, Saudi Arabia (21) Architecture, Sacred Spaces: Sites of Religious Pilgrimage (24)
184. Jowo  Rinpoche, Tibet (before 641 CE) Tibet. Yarlung Dynasty. Yarlung Dynasty. Jowo Rinpoche, Jokhang Temple, Lhasa (16)

Architecture, Sacred Spaces: Sites of Religious Pilgrimage (24)

Art & Architecture: Buddhist (33)

Buddhism: Representations of Buddha (11)

185. Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem (691 CE) Umayyad. Dome of the Rock. Jerusalem, Palestine (17)

Umayyad Dynasty & the Arts (23)

Architecture, Sacred Spaces: Sites of Religious Pilgrimage (24)

Architecture, Sacred Spaces: Centrally-Planned Religious Structures (48)

186. Great Mosque, Isfahan, Iraq (begun c 700 CE) Persian. Great Mosque (Masjid-e Jameh). Isfahan, Iran (29)

Mosques at Isfahan (41)
Influences:  The Arch at Ctesiphon (5)

In Comparison: Umayyad Mosque of Damascus (11)

187. Folio from a Qur’an (c 8th to 9th c. CE) Arab. Folio from a Qur’an. North Africa, or Near East. Abbasid (22) Manuscripts Across Cultures (24)
188. Basin, Muhammad ibn al-Zain Muhammad ibn al-Zain. Basin (Baptistère de St. Louis) (30) Comparison: Pyxis of al-Mughira & Basin (Baptistère de St. Louis) (19)
189. Bahram Gur Fighting Karg, Persian (c 1335 CE) Persian. Bahram Gur Fights the Karg, folio from the Great Il-Khanid Shahnama (17)

Manuscripts Across Cultures (24)

Narrative Art (28)

190. Court of Gayumars, from Shahnama (c1522 CE) Sultan Muhammad. The Court of Gayumars, folio from Shah Tahmasp’s Shahnama (12)

Manuscripts Across Cultures (24)

Narrative Art (28)

191. The Ardabil Carpet (c 1540 CE) Maqsud of Kashan. The Ardabil Carpet (17) Comparison: All-T'oqapu Tunic, Inka & The Ardabil Carpet (5)

See Also

West and Central Asia: An Overview (30)

Umayyad Dynasty & the Arts (23)

Art & Architecture: Islamic (30)