An unforgettable experience. Possibly the most beautiful collection of art–and the museum itself– I’ve ever visited. It’s three floors of architecture, manuscripts, ceramics, jewellery, arms and armor, textiles, wood, metals covering 1000 years or more and from all distant reaches of the islamic world from Turkey to Mongolia. Breathtaking.
Illuminated Qur’an from earliest Islamic history (622 AD). This selection includes works that range from 1000-300 yrs old.
The museum collection also included the 1000 yr old Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, an epic history of Persia written in 60,000 couplets by the greatest Persian poet ever, taking 30 years to complete.
Chinese muslim ceramics:
Chinese muslim calligraphy:
The museum shop was another jaw-dropping experience. Contemporary ceramics, gold-etched glass, goblets, bowls, fabrics, calligraphy, tiles and more. Much of it was from Turkey. Islamic art books like I have never seen. I was so taken that I went back the next day and splurged on this:
The glass dome of the museum: