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Collection: Arts of the Islamic World

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Battle of Karbala Manuscript of the Hadiqat al-Su`ada (Garden of the Blessed) of Fuzuli Spherical Hanging Ornament Hunter on Horseback Attacked by a Lion Bowl with Peacock Motif Folio of Poetry From the Divan of Sultan Husayn Mirza Bowl of Reflections Bowl with an Enthronement Scene Khusraw Discovers Shirin Bathing, From Pictorial Cycle of Eight Poetic Subjects Fragment of a Bowl Depicting a Mounted Warrior Mirror Case Rosebushes, Bees, and a Dragonfly Jug (Mashraba) with Human-Headed Inscription and Zodiac Signs Prince Yahya Medallion Ushak Carpet "Bahram Gur at the Home of Baraham the Jew," Page from an Illustrated Manuscript of the Second Small Shahnama of Firdawsi (d. 1020) Folio from the "Blue" Quran Bowl with Kufic Inscription Hunter on Horseback Attacked by a Mythical Beast Top Section of a Water Jug Velvet Panel Tiraz Fragment of Caliph Marwan II Panel of Tiles Bowl with Kufic Calligraphy Molded Tile Mirror Case Mirror Case with Portrait of the Eunuch Manuchihr Khan Mu`tamid al-Dawla Dish Depicting a Coiled Dragon Bird in a Medallion Carpet with Garden Design Bowl with Kufic Inscription Sultan Sanjar and the Old Woman Hexagonal Tile Bottle Album Folio with Calligraphy Chihil Kilid (Forty Keys) Divination Bowl with Inscriptions, Zodiac Signs, and Four Plaquettes Amulet Box Bottle Depicting a Hunting Scene Fragments of Light 2 Girl Adorned in Silver Jewelry

COLLECTION HISTORY

The Brooklyn Museum's collection of Islamic art includes about two thousand objects that span thirteen centuries and represent a variety of cultures from around the world, from Spain to India and Central Asia to North Africa. Building upon the initial holdings established by Brooklyn Museum curator Stewart Culin (1858–1929) in the early decades of the twentieth century, the collection has continued to expand from acquisitions and gifts, most notably through the generosity of curator Charles K. Wilkinson (1897–1974) and of the Ernest Erickson Foundation.

Particular strengths of the Islamic collection include medieval ceramics and tilework from Iran (ninth-fifteenth centuries); Ottoman Turkish carpets, textiles, and manuscripts; the arts of Safavid and Qajar Iran, including miniatures, oil painting, calligraphy, ceramics, lacquerwork, carpets, textiles, and costumes (sixteenth-twentieth centuries); and North African and Turkoman textiles, costumes, and jewelry (nineteenth and twentieth centuries). The Museum's holdings of Qajar art constitute one of the world's preeminent collections outside of Iran.
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