BLUE, November 26, 2019 — May 18, 2020
The land like gold and the sea like lapis:
A fine blue-and-yellow brocade.
Explore the many shades of the colour blue and its journey across the map through paintings and objects on display in our Museum Collection. Blue signifies the cross-cultural exchange of the three main sources of blue used in Islamic Art— Lapis Lazuli, Cobalt, and Indigo. These essential elements in paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and textiles, were transported along the Overland Silk Road and Maritime Silk Route. Blue is also a colour of particular importance in literature and poetry due to its various symbolic meanings; it is used to portray various characters from mystics to love-crazed personalities!
Look for this symbol throughout our Museum Collection.