Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry Between East and West
Furusiyya in the East meets chivalry in the West. Tales of knightly culture have been told throughout history—of brave heroes fighting for their sovereign, their religion and their honor; stories of war, loss, camaraderie and courtly love. But what was this culture of furusiyya and chivalry? How did each begin? And how did they face each other in important historical periods? This exhibition explores the roots of both as well as the role of a knight in combat and the chivalric codes that developed from Iraq and Syria in the East to France and Spain in the West. More than 130 artworks, from the 10th century CE to the beginning of the 16th century, tell the story.