26 January – 15 April 2012
The exhibition is now closed
In partnership with
King Abdulaziz Public Library
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
HSBC Amanah has supported the exhibition's international reach outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Recommend this exhibition
One of the star objects of the exhibition was a mahmal which would have travelled on top of a camel on the route to Mecca.
The exhibition featured many beautiful objects, including historical and contemporary art, textiles and manuscripts, bring to life the profound spiritual significance of the sacred rituals that have remained unchanged since the Prophet Muhammad’s time in the 7th century AD.
Many of the objects came from far-flung locations, with major loans from collections across the Middle East, from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as well as from Mali, Indonesia and Europe. A significant number of objects were lent by the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust).
Certain objects, however, merely made the short trip from neighbouring galleries in the Museum, or from the Museum’s store rooms. With a global collection, the British Museum is well-placed to cover a subject that links so many different areas of the world.