INTRODUCTION: Examples of Islamic art over the last thousand years have been put on display in a West Berlin museum.
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SV Illuminated technical manual.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Examples of Islamic art over the last thousand years have been put on display in a West Berlin museum. The 145 pieces, on loan from New York's Metropolitan Museum, range from papyrus to miniatures, bowls, jewellery, ceramics, pages from the Koran and valuable carpets.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition marks the start of a regular series of exchanges agreed upon last year network the New York Museum and West Berlin's Municipal Museum for Prussian Culture.
Visitors can gain a comprehensive insight into the history, religion and culture of Islamic nations from the display which includes items from regions as diverse as southern Spain and India.
Colourful carpets dating from the 15th through to the 18th century are a particularly impressive feature of the exhibition. The New York museum's collection of Islamic carpets is one of the largest in the world.
Calligraphy is an art from which no other culture has ever developed to the high standard practised in Islamic countries. The documents in this collection have aroused particular interest amongst European visitors. Pages from the Koran are beautifully decorated with finely-drawn illustrations, but even technical manuals give evidence of artistic skills.
Some of the most attractive exhibits are the many miniatures painted between 1430 and the late 1600s. The collection includes five miniatures created during the 16th century for the Persian Shah Tahmasp. Leading artists of the time spent 15 or 20 years perfecting each one. Through the diversity of the pieces the exhibition organisers hope Christians will gain a greater understanding of the World of Islam - and perhaps of the growing numbers of Islamic immigrants in Europe.