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(6,550 words)

Author(s): Uehlinger, Christoph | Koch, Güntram | Arnulf, Arwed | Sed-Rajna, Gabrielle | Finster, Barbara | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Archaeology – III. Iconography and the Bible – IV. Christian Iconography – V. Jewish Iconography – VI. Islamic Iconography – VII. Buddhist Iconography – VIII. Hindu Iconography I. Religious Studies Iconography (Gk εἰκονογραϕία/ eikonographía) originally meant the description of images (Arist. Poet. XV; Strabo XV 1.19), but nowadays is used to refer to the methodical study of images. Where scholars distinguish between iconography, iconology , and iconics (Ger. Ikonik), iconography denotes the description of the object, …

Arabian Peninsula, art and architecture

(2,966 words)

Author(s): Finster, Barbara
The art and architecture of the Arabian Peninsula reflect a cultural continuum from antiquity to Islamic times. In antiquity, both the traffic in frankincense and the trade routes to India, the Far East, East Africa, and the Mediterranean connected the Arabian Peninsula to the wider ancient world, giving its people access to all kinds of luxury items and cultural influences from distant lands. South Arabia in particular experienced a golden age of artistic creativity, dating roughly from the sixth cent…
Date: 2021-07-19