A piece of Morocco In The Heart of NYC, The MET’s Moroccan Court

A piece of Morocco In The Heart of NYC, The METs Moroccan Court

Jonathan Ben Shoshan '22, Writer

On the second floor of the largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere lies perhaps the most underrated feature of the Met; the Moroccan Court. In the Museum’s Department of Islamic Art, the tranquil display of Moroccan mastery is absolutely jaw-dropping. 

The Moroccan Court was constructed in the Islamic wing of the museum over several months in 2011. With a team of historians, curators, and experts, the Met was truly able to bring a slice of Northern Africa to New York.

The journey began with the Met’s team flying out to Fez seeking to find the perfect craftsmen for the permanent installation. They brought fifteen Moroccan artisans whose expertise in the field lie in generations of professionals. 

The walls of the serene installation contain meticulously hand-chiseled tile work, 

Zellige. Zellige is arguably one of the most impressive displays of both culture and craftsmanship in the museum. Originating around the 10th century, this art form can often be found across Morocco, in mosques, gates, fountains, etc. With the shades of blue and green being inspired by the refreshing feelings of nature, the geometric, epigraphic, and floral schemes are gently arranged with the purpose of evoking peaceful sensations.  

Overall, this experience of visiting this installation is quite surreal and truly is a secret slice of Morocco in the heart of the city.