Saturday, 28 September 2013

Art from the Islamic Civilization - from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

  • LocationNational Museum of Korea
  • Date07-02-2013 ~ 10-20-2013

al-Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization - from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait -

In this summer 2013, the National Museum of Korea presents the special exhibition al-Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, introducing the highlights from The al-Sabah Collection, which is regarded as one of the world's finest Islamic art collections. Since the 7th Century, Islamic empires had exerted a strong influence on a vast area from Spain in the west to China in the east. This exhibition showcases a total of 367 treasures, including pottery, glass, metal, textile, stone, wood, jewelry, and miniature painting born through the time and space of the Islamic civilization. The exhibition is largely divided into two parts: the first part is focused on the characteristic elements of the Islamic art arranged in time sequence from the 8th to 18th century. The second part guides viewers to some of the quintessential elements of Islamic art expressed by calligraphy, various geometrical and arabesque patterns as well as a selection of luxurious jewelry which is widely praised as the gem of The al-Sabah Collection.

○ Organizers
 National Museum of Korea, SBS

○ Lender
 The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait 

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Parchment folio from a manuscript of the Qur’an
Tunisia, probably Qayrawan
9th century
19.7 x 31.0 cm
©al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

Brass basin
Egypt or Syria
First half of the 14th century
22.2 x 48.3 cm
LNS 110M
©al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

Composite-bodied ceramic crenellation element
12th century
25.0 x 24.0 cm
LNS 189C
©al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

Gold scent bottle
Probably northern India
1st third 17th century
46.0 x 40.0 x17.0 cm
LNS 102J
©al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

Cotton "garden carpet"
North-west or Central Iran
18th century
Cotton, Wool
925.0 x 38.0 cm
©al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

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