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Clothing the Caliphate: Dress Cultures of the Early Islamic Period

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Apr 20 2022
Clothing the Caliphate: Dress Cultures of the Early Islamic Period

Warrior and Physician with the Plant Kestron, from a manuscript of De materia medica of Dioscorides, Abbasid period, Iraq, 1224. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1960.193.

In conjunction with Social Fabrics, Jochen Sokoly will give an in-person lecture on styles of dress during the early Islamic period.

In this lecture, professor Jochen Sokoly will look at the clothing worn in the time of the early Islamic caliphates—between the 7th and 11th centuries—and consider the various cultural influences that shaped it. A brief introduction to the exhibition Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs will also be presented.

The textiles in this exhibition, on view through May 8, 2022, are particularly meaningful, for they tell a bigger story about political and social power,

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Free admission, but seating is limited. Reservations may be arranged by clicking on the event on this form beginning on Sunday, April 10, after 10am.

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Additional time info:

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

After the lecture, guests are invited to visit the Social Fabrics exhibition on Level 3, until 8:30pm.


Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


    • Assisted Listening System
    • Large Print
    • Low Vision

The Harvard Art Museums are accessible for visitors using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Accessible entrances are located on Quincy Street and Broadway. Visitors arriving via paratransit van

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COVID-19 Phased Reopening Details

Face Masks Required: Yes
Limited Capacity: Yes
Reservations Required: Yes
Proof of Vaccination Required: Yes

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