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Collection: Arts of the Islamic World



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


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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