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Collection: Arts of the Islamic World



Battle of Karbala Manuscript of the Hadiqat al-Su`ada (Garden of the Blessed) of Fuzuli Bowl with Peacock Motif Spherical Hanging Ornament Folio of Poetry From the Divan of Sultan Husayn Mirza Hunter on Horseback Attacked by a Lion Bowl of Reflections Khusraw Discovers Shirin Bathing, From Pictorial Cycle of Eight Poetic Subjects Bowl with an Enthronement Scene Mirror Case Prince Yahya Bottle Depicting a Hunting Scene Fragment of a Bowl Depicting a Mounted Warrior Rosebushes, Bees, and a Dragonfly Jug (Mashraba) with Human-Headed Inscription and Zodiac Signs "Bahram Gur at the Home of Baraham the Jew," Page from an Illustrated Manuscript of the Second Small Shahnama of Firdawsi (d. 1020) Medallion Ushak Carpet Cup Panel of Tiles Bowl with Kufic Inscription Folio from the "Blue" Quran Top Section of a Water Jug Hunter on Horseback Attacked by a Mythical Beast Blue and White Bowl with Radial Design Velvet Panel Tiraz Fragment of Caliph Marwan II Mirror Case A Gathering of Dervishes Molded Tile Mirror Case with Portrait of the Eunuch Manuchihr Khan Mu`tamid al-Dawla Bowl with Kufic Calligraphy Bottle


Our 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 through 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 through twentieth centuries); and North African and Turkoman textiles, costumes, and jewelry (nineteenth and twentieth centuries). Our holdings of Qajar art constitute one of the world's preeminent collections outside of Iran.
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