Is­lamic gallery, BM

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Oc­to­ber, the British Mu­seum opened the new Al­bukhary Foun­da­tion Gallery of the Is­lamic World, which in­cluded a ma­jor re-dis­play of the British Mu­seum’s Is­lamic col­lec­tion.

The new gallery is a com­pre­hen­sive pre­sen­ta­tion of the Is­lamic world through its art and ma­te­rial cul­ture. Sit­u­ated within a new suite of rooms at the heart of the Mu­seum, it un­der­scores global con­nec­tions across a vast re­gion of the world from West Africa to South­east Asia and re­flect links be­tween the an­cient and me­dieval as well as the mod­ern worlds.

The new gallery fea­tures ob­jects that give an overview of cul­tural ex­change in an area stretch­ing from Nige­ria to In­done­sia and from the sev­enth cen­tury to the present day. The col­lec­tion in­cludes ar­chae­ol­ogy, dec­o­ra­tive arts, arts of the book, shadow pup­pets, tex­tiles and con­tem­po­rary art. Here we pick a few of our favourite ob­jects.

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