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Collection: Arts of the Islamic World

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Manuscript of the Hadiqat al-Su`ada (Garden of the Blessed) of Fuzuli Battle of Karbala Hunter on Horseback Attacked by a Lion Spherical Hanging Ornament Bowl with Peacock Motif Folio of Poetry From the Divan of Sultan Husayn Mirza Bowl of Reflections Fragment of a Bowl Depicting a Mounted Warrior Khusraw Discovers Shirin Bathing, From Pictorial Cycle of Eight Poetic Subjects Mirror Case Bowl with an Enthronement Scene Prince Yahya Bottle Depicting a Hunting Scene Jug (Mashraba) with Human-Headed Inscription and Zodiac Signs Rosebushes, Bees, and a Dragonfly 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 Panel of Tiles Bowl with Kufic Inscription Hunter on Horseback Attacked by a Mythical Beast Velvet Panel Top Section of a Water Jug Blue and White Bowl with Radial Design Bowl with Kufic Calligraphy Mirror Case Mirror Case with Portrait of the Eunuch Manuchihr Khan Mu`tamid al-Dawla Tiraz Fragment of Caliph Marwan II A Gathering of Dervishes Molded Tile Hexagonal Tile Bowl with Kufic Inscription

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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