Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum

A permanent exhibition introduces visitors to distinct art pieces from different parts of the Islamic world

February 08th, 2019
Silja Saarela, News from Berlin
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The southern part of the Pergamon Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art, is dedicated to the art of Islamic cultures from the 8th to the 19th century.

The collection's main focus is on the Middle East including Egypt and Iran. The broad spectrum of the collection includes architectural decorations, applied arts and crafts, jewelry, and rare illuminated and calligraphed manuscripts. The architectural decorations represent the major attractions in various forms: stone (the façade from Mshatta), stuccoes (archaeological finds from Samarra), painted wooden paneling (Aleppo Room) and wall ceramics in various techniques (prayer niches from Kashan and Konya). The applied arts include works in all possible materials: ceramic vessels, metalwork, carvings in wood and bone, glasses, textiles, carpets. Within the area of books and ancient writings, the calligraphic works and miniatures from albums of Mogul times are of particular significance. Through the website of the Pergamon Museum (link below), visitors can book guided tours in several languages, including German and Arabic. Alternatively, visitors can visit the exhibition during then opening hours of the museum.


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