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Introduction

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. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's excavations at this site in the 1930s and '40s uncovered objects that reflect Nishapur's exposure to the cultures and artistic traditions of many different regions as a result of its key location. Observations and interpretations of these objects by archaeologists, historians, scientists, and art historians provide insight into the daily lives of Nishapur's citizens.

Fig. 36. View of The Metropolitan Museum of Art excavations at Sabz Pushan, Nishapur

Fig. 37. Dado wall fragments in situ, Tepe Madrasa, Nishapur

Fig. 38. Unearthed vessel at Tepe Madrasa, Nishapur


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Bowl with Arabic inscription

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