Over two hundred masterpieces of the Muslim world, spanning over a thousand years of history, will be shown at the Martin-Gropius Bau in Berlin from 17 March to 6 June 2010. The artworks are some of the most important pieces in the collection of the Aga Khan Museum, which is due to open in 2013 in Toronto, Canada.
The collection contains some of the world’s most important masterpieces of Muslim art, including:
- Pages from the Shahnama, or the Persian “Book of Kings”, made for Shah Tamasp, considered to contain some of the most exquisite miniatures ever created;
- The earliest known manuscript of the Canon of Medicine of Ibn Sina (Avicenna), written in Arabic and later translated, which served as the standard medical reference in Europe for 500 years;
- One of the best preserved silk lampas Mongol Robes from the thirteenth century;
- A double page of the celebrated Blue Qur’an, a ninth century manuscript written in gold kufic script on a blue-dyed parchment
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