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14 Dynasties and a Region
The History and Culture of the Muslim World
The Collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

14 Dynasties and a Region: The History and Culture of the Muslim World: The Collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia / Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Rooms 12 & 13   July 6, 2021 (Tue) - February 20, 2022 (Sun)

 Image of "Portrait of Crown Prince  ‘Abbas Mirza (detail), Qajar Iran, ca. 1818–1820 " 
Portrait of Crown Prince ‘Abbas Mirza (detail), Qajar Iran, ca. 1818–1820

This special thematic exhibition does not limit its scope to a particular nation or region, but instead features Islamic art from all over the world. It was made possible through the generous cooperation of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and their willingness to loan works from their impressive collection of Islamic masterpieces.

Islam was founded as a monotheistic religion in the 7th century by the Prophet Muhammad (ca. 570–632) on the Arabian Peninsula. After its founding, Islam gradually spread outward to Europe, North Africa, and Central Asia, eventually reaching East and Southeast Asia. It is currently the world’s second most widely practiced religion next to Christianity. Many Islamic dynasties rose and fell as the religion spread across the globe, and each one developed its own version of Islamic culture enriched by elements of local cultures.

This exhibition showcases decorative art objects and historical materials that highlight the diversity within Islamic culture and promote a deeper understanding of the Islamic world.

List of Works (315KB)

Major works in this exhibition

About The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

General Information

Major works in this exhibition

*All works are in the collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.
(All Photos: Courtesy of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia)
Marble capital with acanthus leaf design Marble capital with acanthus leaf design
Marble Capital with Acanthus Leaf design

Umayyad Spain
10th century
Marble

Deeply carved capitals are among the most important expressions that characterised the architecture of al–Andalus, especially during the reign of Abd al–Rahman III. A white marble column capital, such as this, functions as a supporting structure.
Enameled Painted Bowl with a Falconer on Horseback

Iran
Late 12th–early 13th century
Fritware

In the late 12th century in the city of Kashan, the enameled (mina’i) technique evolved adding a new range of colours to the fritwares produced. It required firing the bowl twice. The first firing fixes the underglaze-painted colours, while the second firing takes place after the second colours are applied over the glaze.
Enamelled painted bowl with a falconer on horseback
Enamelled painted bowl with a falconer on horseback
Enameled Painted Bowl with a Falconer on Horseback

Iran
Late 12th–early 13th century
Fritware

In the late 12th century in the city of Kashan, the enameled (mina’i) technique evolved adding a new range of colours to the fritwares produced. It required firing the bowl twice. The first firing fixes the underglaze–painted colours, while the second firing takes place after the second colours are applied over the glaze.
Monumental mihrab panelMonumental mihrab panel
Monumental Mihrab Panel

Timurid Central Asia or Iran
14th–15th century
Fritware

Tiled arched panels were generally produced in the 14th and 15th centuries in Persia and Central Asia under the patronage of the Ilkhanid and Timurid rulers, who were avid patrons of architecture. This panel was made using the cut glazed tile technique commonly used to produce angular compositions.
A Pinecone–shaped Gem–set Gold Necklace

South India
18th century
Gold, gemstomes

Among the important designs that flourished in India is the paisley pattern. This pendant is composed of a series of gemset flowers of diamonds and rubies with suspended paisley units and a large central floral pendant in a pinecone shape. This intricate work has 135 diamonds, 713 red rubies and 86 green emeralds set in gold.
A pinecone-shaped gem-set gold necklace
A pinecone-shaped gem-set gold necklace
A Pinecone–shaped Gem–set Gold Necklace

South India
18th century
Gold, gemstomes

Among the important designs that flourished in India is the paisley pattern. This pendant is composed of a series of gemset flowers of diamonds and rubies with suspended paisley units and a large central floral pendant in a pinecone shape. This intricate work has 135 diamonds, 713 red rubies and 86 green emeralds set in gold.

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 The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

About The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

 The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Situated in Kuala Lumpur, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) houses more than 10,000 artifacts, as well as related documents and manuscripts. Its collection is comprised of a range of Islamic art objects, including decorative art works, jewelry, and miniatures. Instead of concentrating on works from the heartlands of Persia and the Middle East, IAMM also places emphasis on works from Asia, with China and Southeast Asia especially well represented.

 

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General Information

Period Tuesday, July 6, 2021–Sunday, February 20, 2022
Venue Room 12 & 13, Asian Gallery (Toyokan), Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Excluding holidays and January 3, 2022 (Mon.). On those days, the Museum will be open on Monday and closed the following day);
December 14, 2021; Year-end holidays: December 26, 2021–January 1, 4, 2022. Subject to change.
Admission

Admission for this exhibition is included in tickets for the regular and special exhibitions (if visited on the same day).

Adults: 1,000 yen
University students: 500 yen

High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 70: Free

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Special exhibitions require separate ticketing procedure and admission fees.

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Persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge along with one attendant. Please show official ID or other documentation.

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Regular admission is free for persons under 18 and over 70. Please show proof of age (driver's license, passport, etc.) when entering.

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Free admission to the regular exhibitions on September 20, November 3, 2021 (excluding special exhibitions).

All tickets are now timed-entry tickets and must be purchased in advance online. Museum members and other visitors eligible for free admission must also make reservations online.

Online reservations can only be made prior to the specified entry time for your desired time slot. If you wish to enter the museum after your desired time slot has already begun, you must make your reservation in person at the ticket counter at the main gate.

See visitor information page for more details.

Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
With the Sponsorship of Sumitomo Corporation, J-Power (Electric Power Development Co.Ltd.), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Catalog The exhibition catalog (2,000 yen) is available at the museum shop in Honkan (Japanese Gallery).
General Inquiries 050-5541-8600  (Hello Dial)

 

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