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The Islamic world (Room 34)
The John Addis Gallery
7th century AD – present
eyeOpener gallery tour / Free / Daily, 14.00 (for 30–40 minutes)
The term ‘Islamic’ is used in Room 34 to define the culture of peoples living in lands where the dominant religion is Islam. The displays explore Islamic faith, art, calligraphy and science, and Islam’s prominence amongst world cultures.
Pilgrim bottle, AD 1241-42
Brass geomantic instrument, made by Muhammad ibn Khutlukh al-Mawsili, AD 1241-42
Earthenware bowl with kufic inscription, 11th century AD
Ceramic tombstone of Jalal al-Din Abd al-Malik, about AD 1270
Objects such as gilded glass mosque lamps, tiles featuring calligraphic decoration, metalwork and early scientific instruments give a geographical and chronological view of the history and art of the Islamic lands. There is also a changing display of works on paper.
Almutawakel to Michael Rakowitz: recent acquisitions of works by
21 June – 2 October 2013
A display of recent acquisitions which highlight the breadth and range of art coming out of the Middle East in recent years, and the stories they tell.