The Museum of Islamic Art exhibits its wide-ranging works of Islamic art in the Pergamonmuseum on Berlin’s Museumsinsel. It ranks as one of the most outstanding collections of its kind, and also as one of the oldest – second only to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo. No other collection is Germany encompasses such an encyclopedic display of masterpieces of art, handicrafts and objects of material culture from Islamic-influenced societies and the Christian and Jewish communities living alongside them.
A special highlight of the collection is the delicately decorated yet monumental palace façade of Mshatta, which was presented to the Museum by the Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II. This key work of architecture and numerous other objects in the collection from the widest range of art forms – including pages from centuries-old Qur’ans with their vibrant decorations, prayer rugs, carved ivory pieces and brilliant turquoise mihrabs (prayer niches) made of glazed mosaics – bear witness to the high level their masters achieved in terms of aesthetics, craftmanship and technique, and fascinate viewers with their wealth of colors, shapes and patterns. The collection encompasses all the periods of Islamic history, from the seventh to the 19th century, in addition to ancient artifacts from southern Arabia and Persia.
The Museum of Islamic Art is one of the leading research institutions in its field and is actively involved in the areas of restoration, cultural heritage protection in countries of origin, international cultural exchange and (inter-) cultural education in Germany.
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