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The Louvre opened its Medieval Morocco: An Empire from Africa to Spain exhibition today, which will feature over 300 artefacts covering the North African kingdom’s history during the later Middle Ages.
Presented in association with Morocco’s national museum foundation, this exhibition will be on display in Paris until January 19, 2015, and then move to the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat from March 2 to June 1, 2015. The works of art come from the Almoravid, Almohad and Marinid dynasties, which ruled over parts of North African and Iberia from the 11th to 15th centuries.
For each historical period, special emphasis is give to this civilization’s centres of power and influential capitals. From Fez to Seville and stopping at Aghmat, Tinmal, Marrakech, Rabat and Cordoba along the way, the exhibition explores the major architectural projects undertaken in these cities and the works created by artists and artisans. Celebrated masterpieces, including a bell chandelier from the Qarawiyyin mosque in Fez, recent discovering, and little-known objects all share the spotlight within this exhibition. Architectural elements (doors, capitals), sacred mosque elements (minibars, ablution fountains, manuscripts) or vestiges of everyday life (ceremics, coins) held in museums, mosques and church treasuries – all offer a fresh perspective on this region of the Islamic world until now almost entirely perceived from the vantage point of Andalusia.