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Chapter One: Daily Life in Medieval Nishapur

Dado panel, 10th century. Iran, Nishapur. Stucco; carved

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • identify how artifacts excavated in the medieval city of Nishapur (in present-day Iran) provide insight into the customs, activities, and environment of its residents

Nishapur, a city in northeastern Iran, was a prosperous commercial city from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries due to its prime location on the Silk Road.

Nishapur was an important economic center due to its location on a trade route, known as the Silk Road, which extended from China to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Museum's team worked at Nishapur between 1935 and 1940 and returned for a final season in the winter of 1947–48.

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Unit Six: Chapter One Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan: Daily Life in Medieval Nishapur

Students will be able to recognize ways works of art reflect medieval Nishapur's status as an important center of trade; use visual evidence to support inferences; and apply an original two-dimensional design to a three-dimensional form (in alternative activity).

Bowl with Arabic inscription

The lesson plan related to Daily Life in Medieval Nishapur features a tenth-century bowl.