Khalili Collection of Islamic Art

Summary

The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art includes 28,000 objects documenting Islamic art over a period of almost 1400 years, from 700 AD to the end of the twentieth century. It is the largest of the Khalili Collections: eight collections assembled, conserved, published and exhibited by the British-Iranian scholar, collector and philanthropist Nasser David Khalili, each of which is considered among the most important in its field.[3] Khalili's collection is one of the most comprehensive Islamic art collections in the world[4][5][6] and the largest in private hands.[7][8][9]

The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art
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Folio from an exemplar of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh made for Tahmasp I; Tabriz, Iran, 1520–1550
CuratorsSir Nasser D. Khalili (founder / chair of the editorial board)

Nahla Nassar (curator and registrar)
Mehreen Chida-Razvi (deputy curator and publications)

J. M. Rogers (honorary curator)[1][2]
Size (no. of items)28,000[1]
Websitewww.khalilicollections.org/islamic-arts/

In addition to copies of the Quran, and rare and illustrated manuscripts, the collection includes album and miniature paintings, lacquer, ceramics, glass and rock crystal, metalwork, arms and armour, jewellery, carpets and textiles, over 15,000 coins, and architectural elements. The collection includes folios from manuscripts with Persian miniatures, including the Great Mongol Shahnameh, the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp, and the oldest manuscript of the world history the Jamiʿ al-tawarikh. Among the arms and armour is a 13th-century gold saddle from the era of Genghis Khan.

The ceramic collection, numbering around 2,000 items, has been described as particularly strong in blue and white pottery of the Timurid era and also pottery of pre-Mongol Bamiyan. The jewellery collection includes more than 600 rings. Around two hundred objects relate to medieval Islamic science and medicine, including astronomical instruments for orienting towards Mecca, tools, scales, weights, and "magic bowls" intended for medical use. Among the scientific instruments are a celestial globe made in 1285–6 and a 17th-century astrolabe commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

Exhibitions drawing exclusively from the collection have been held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam as well as at many other museums and institutions worldwide.[10] An exhibition at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi in 2008 was, at the time, the largest exhibition of Islamic art ever held.[8]

The Wall Street Journal has described it as the greatest collection of Islamic Art in existence.[4] According to Edward Gibbs, Chairman of Middle East and India at Sotheby's, it is the best such collection in private hands.[5]

Khalili CollectionsEdit

 
Single-volume Quran, Istanbul, 1778 AD

Based in the UK and originally from Iran, Nasser David Khalili has assembled eight distinct art collections, each considered among the most important in its field.[3] In total, they include 35,000 objects.[11] He began collecting Islamic art in 1970.[12] Private collections usually focus on either collecting complete series of objects or on selecting those of the highest aesthetic quality; Khalili's collection combines both traditions.[6] The collection of Islamic art is one of two focused on Islam, along with the Khalili Collection of Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage. Islamic enamels also appear in the Khalili Collection of Enamels of the World.[13] While collecting Islamic art, Khalili encountered damascening, in which gold and silver decoration is pressed into an iron surface; this led him to acquire a separate collection of Spanish damascened metalwork.[14]

In addition to collecting, conserving, publishing and exhibiting the collection, Khalili has funded the creation of a research centre in Islamic art at the University of Oxford[15][16] as well as the first university chair in the subject, at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.[17] His own publications include a history of Islamic art and architecture which has been published in four languages.[18] Khalili has described Islamic art as "the most beautiful and diverse art".[5] His stated aim is to use art and culture "to create good will between the West and the Muslim world."[19]

Objects in the collectionEdit

QuransEdit

 
Single folio from the Codex Parisino-petropolitanus, one of the earliest surviving Qurans, probably Mecca or Medina, 7th or 8th century AD

The collection of complete Qurans and individual folios includes 98 from before 1000 AD,[20] 56 from 1000 to 1400,[21] 60 from 1400 to 1600,[22] and more than 150 from after 1600.[23] It was described by the historian Robert Irwin as "one of the largest and most representative collections of Quranic manuscripts in the world"[24] and is the largest private collection.[25] Among the earliest objects in the collection are some complete examples with their original bindings.[20] The collection has an individual folio from the Codex Parisino-petropolitanus, one of the very oldest surviving Quran manuscripts.[26] There are two folios from the 10th-century Blue Quran, the only surviving Quran on indigo-dyed vellum.[27][28] A section of a 13th-century Quran bears the signature of calligrapher Yaqut al-Musta'simi, regarded as one of the greats of classical Quranic calligraphy.[29] An exceptionally large single-volume Quran dated to 1552 AD was in the Mughal imperial library during the reigns of Aurangzeb and Shah 'Alam, bearing their seals. It is thought to have been commissioned by Shah Tahmasp.[30] An 18th-century single-volume Quran, the work of calligrapher Mahmud Celaleddin Efendi, was previously owned by Ottoman princess Nazime Sultan.[31]

Illustrated manuscripts and miniature paintingsEdit

 
Noah's Ark, from the Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh of Rashid al-Din, Tabriz, 1314–15

The illustrated manuscripts in the collection include complete copies and detached folios from Iran, India and Turkey. There are several complete exemplars or folios of the Shahnameh (Book of Kings), the national epic poem of Iran, whose text and illustrations combine historical and mythical material.[32] These include ten illustrated folios from the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp (circa 1520),[33] four from the late 16th century Eckstein Shahnameh,[34] and one of 57 surviving folios of the Great Mongol Shahnameh (circa 1330s).[35]

There are several exemplars of the Khamsa of Nizami, which comprises five epic poems.[36] A diwan (volume of collected poetry) of the 14th-century poet Hafez is dated AH 924 (1567–8 AD) with illuminated two paintings.[36] Among many detached folios from Iran, especially 17th-century Isfahan, are works by Reza Abbasi, Mo'en Mosavver, Mohammad Zaman, Aliquli Jabbadar, and Shaykh 'Abbasi.[36] A 15th-century exemplar of the Masnavi, a poem by the scholar and mystic Rumi, is illuminated in ink, watercolour, and gold.[37] The folios from 15th-century Ottoman Turkey include two from a Siyer-i Nebi (a biography of Prophet Muhammed) commissioned by Sultan Murad III.[36] Some folios are from works of dynastic or global history, including two from the earliest surviving illustrated exemplar of the Zafarnama by Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi, from 1436 AD.[38] There is a section from the oldest manuscript of the Jami' al-tawarikh, Rashid al-Din's world history; the other surviving section of the same manuscript is in Edinburgh University Library.[39] A painting from the Padshanamah (chronicle of the king's reign) shows Shah Jahan, with family and courtiers, watching two elephants fighting.[40]

Among the 76 Indian paintings are many commissioned by the Mughal emperors. They include two folios from a Ramayana that Akbar commissioned for his mother and one folio from the large illustrated manuscript of the Hamzanama also commissioned by Akbar.[41] There are two illustrated folios from the autobiography of Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire.[41]

Other manuscriptsEdit

 
The diwan (complete poems) of Al-Mutanabbi

Other manuscripts include a lavishly illuminated exemplar of part one of Al-Shifa bi Ta'rif Huquq al-Mustafa (a detailed commentary on the life and character of Muhammed) from the 17th-century Moroccan royal court.[42] A manuscript of Tuhfah al-Saʿdiyyah, a commentary on Ibn Sina's medical text The Canon of Medicine, dates from the 14th century.[43] A 14th-century diwan of the poet Al-Mutanabbi is illuminated to the highest standards of that period.[43]

CalligraphyEdit

 
Album of calligraphy, India, late 17th century

The 174 items of calligraphy[44] include hilyes (verbal portraits of the Muhammed), ijazat (licences allowing the holder to transmit protected knowledge), muraqqa'at (albums of calligraphy), and siyah mashq (calligraphic practice sheets).[45] The calligraphers include Yaqut al-Musta'simi, known for refining and codifying six basic calligraphic styles of Arabic script,[46] and others influenced by him,[45] as well as the Sultans Abdulmejid I and Mahmud II.[44] The bulk of the collection comes from Ottoman Turkey from the 17th to the 19th centuries.[45] One album of calligraphy contains pieces signed by the scribes of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.[47]

MetalworkEdit

 
Aquamanile in the form of a goose, 12th century Iran

The 1,000 metalwork objects in the collection cover the period from the 6th century to the early 20th century. They come from across the Islamic world, especially Iran, the Jazira (in present-day Syria and Iraq), and 17th- and 18th-century India.[48] The objects include bowls, incense burners, and ewers.[49] Brass and bronze are common materials.[50] Metalworkers in 12th- and 13th-century Iran made vessels and incense burners in the shape of birds and animals, and the collection includes several examples.[51] The objects' decorations range from arabesque patterns to inscriptions and to figurative art.[50]

Although it is rare in Islamic metalwork for artists to sign or date their pieces, several objects in the collection have signed names or dates.[48] Some bear the names of patrons;[48] for example, a 14th-century silver-inlaid brass bowl bears the name of Al-Nasir Muhammad, a 13th-century Mamluk Sultan.[52] A brass casket from early 13th-century Jazira, lavishly inlaid with silver, has four numeric dials; these formed part of a combination lock whose mechanism is now missing.[53]

JewelleryEdit

The jewellery in the collection numbers almost 600 personal adornments,[54] plus more than 600 rings[55] and 200 luxury items from the royal workshops of the Mughal Empire.[56] Together this is the most comprehensive published collection of Islamic jewellery.[54] The adornments include almost every kind—from bracelets and amulets to buttons and brooches—from the 7th century onward. They are decorated with gems, enamel, or niello.[54] The collection's Fatimid objects have the "rope and grain" filigree style characteristic of Egypt or Syria.[54] The Mughal objects include a ruby engraved with the names of emperors Shah Jahan and Jahangir.[56] A box from 17th-century Mughal India consists of 103 engraved emeralds in a gold frame, topped by a faceted diamond.[57] Most of the enamelled gold objects made for the Mughal court are now in the Iranian crown jewels or in the Hermitage Museum in Russia; an exception is an octagonal box in the Khalili collection that dates from around 1700.[58] A hookah bowl from 18th-century Mewar in India is made of gold with colourful enamel decoration.[59] A gold badge, collar and star, constituting the Order of the Lion and the Sun, is decorated with enamels and precious stones. It was presented by Fath-Ali Shah Qajar of Iran to the British diplomat John Macdonald Kinneir.[60]

Very few Islamic rings had been documented before Khalili published his collection of 618.[55] Whereas some rings are purely decorative, many function as signet rings while others have religious inscriptions intended to give protection to the wearer.[61][62] Art historian Marian Wenzel used the collection as the basis for a typology of Islamic rings.[55]

Arms and armourEdit

 
Saddle plaques in gold sheet, Central Asia or Western frontiers of China, c. 1200

The collection's arms and armour range from the 7th century to the 19th. There are belt fittings that express military rank,[63] and multiple chanfrons (masks for protecting horse's faces).[64] Two sets of horse trappings from the 13th and 14th centuries include a complete gold saddle.[65][64] A 15th-century iron and steel war mask is decorated with engravings.[66] Describing the arms and armour catalogue, James W. Allan, Professor of Eastern Art at the University of Oxford, wrote "The range of pieces [...] is quite extraordinary: a 1.8 m long seventeenth-century Indian cannon, Turkish and Persian daggers with astonishingly beautiful enamelled handles and scabbards, gold fittings for a 10th-century Chinese saddle, a Moroccan horse-shoe etc."[67]

Seals and talismansEdit

 
Seal of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz, Ottoman Turkey, 1861–76

The seals and talismans number more than 3,500, forming the largest such collection in the world. Many of these are set in rings or pendants or mounted on bases. The materials include metals, precious or semi-precious stones, and clay.[68] They are inscribed with a variety of religious phrases and texts, in languages including Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish, and Latin.[68] The seals bear the names and titles of the officials who used them. These include the seals of the 14th-century ruler Qara Mahammad, and of the Safavid rulers Tahmasp I and Suleiman.[69] The seal of the 19th-century Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz renders his tughra (official monogram) in brass.[70]

TextilesEdit

 
Tent panel with standing female figure, court of Akbar, late 16th century

The more than 250 textiles include embroideries, carpets, and costumes from the 6th to the 19th centuries.[71] The carpets come from royal workshops across the Islamic world.[71] Other textiles include Ottoman and Safavid gold brocades and woven silks from Mughal-era and Sultanate India. The costumes include shawls from Kashmir, talismanic shirts, and ikat coats.[71] The 16th-century Ottoman court used European textiles as robes of honour, later creating its own looms to control production.[72] Some of the collection's textiles have explicitly religious purposes: a North African silk panel repeats the name of Allah hundreds of times and a carpet was used as a mihrab (prayer niche).[73] The Dhulfaqar, a double-bladed sword said to have been taken in the battle of Badr, is a motif appearing on two Ottoman banners.[74]

LacquerEdit

 
Lacquered instrument case, Isfahan, 1772 AD

The lacquered objects, numbering more than 500, document the evolution of Islamic lacquer from the 15th to the 19th century. They show the influence of China in the early period and of Europe in the 19th century.[75] Almost every known lacquer painter in the Islamic world is represented in the collection, along with some previously unknown. The notable artists include Mohammad Zaman and Mohammad Sadiq.[75] The collection's lacquered pen box by Mo'en Mosavver is the only one he is known to have painted.[76] A 19th-century pen box, 30 centimetres (12 in) long, was commissioned by Mohammad Shah Qajar for his official Manouchehr Khan Gorji, commemorating the latter's battle against Bedouins. It depicts the battle with densely-packed scenes and describes it in Persian text.[77] An 18th-century instrument case depicts the Adoration of the Magi, and on the other side, a woman in heroic pose.[78]

CeramicsEdit

 
Stonepaste dish (laqabi-ware), Syria, c. 1200

Ceramic styles popular in the Islamic world include lustreware (with a thin metallic film), sgraffiato (in which the design is etched into the slip), and underglaze pottery.[79] Khalili's ceramic collection, numbering nearly 2,000 items, has been described as particularly strong in pottery of the Timurid era and also that of pre-Mongol Bamiyan.[80] As well as bowls, plates, and vases, the ceramics include figurines as well as decorative tiles of the sort used in religious and secular buildings.[79] It includes the earliest known dated ceramic from Iran: a signed fritware bottle dated to 1139–40.[81] Other unique items include a bowl with a depiction of a Buraq, a four-legged creature that is said to have borne Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.[81][82] Laqabi-wares are deeply carved ceramics usually depicting animals or birds; the collection has a Syrian example from around 1200 AD.[83] The wares from 15th-century Iran and central Asia illustrate the connections between Chinese and Islamic pottery. Other collections have a scant coverage of this period.[84]

GlassEdit

 
Mosque lamp, Egypt, c. 1385 AD, blown glass with gilt and enamel decoration

More than 300 objects in the collection illustrate the history of Islamic glass, going back to the Sasanian and Byzantine Empires.[85] Egyptian and Syrian glassmakers of the 13th and 14th centuries made lavishly decorated enamelled and gilded glassware which was in demand for export, and the collection's objects cover this period. Some of these were commissioned by the Mamluk Court for mosques, and the collection includes one created for the 14th-century Sultan Barquq,[86] decorated with his heraldic roundel.[87] Some objects are mould-blown, and the collection is numerous enough to allow comparison of multiple objects from the same or similar moulds. Other groups have cut or lustre-painted decoration. Four complete objects are decorated by a rare scratched-glass technique and have enabled a new study of the technique.[85]

CoinsEdit

 
Umayyad gold dinar dated 77 AH (697 AD)

The collection's 15,000 gold, silver, and copper coins come from the entire Islamic world and span the time period from 700 to 2000 AD. For many series of coin, the Khalili collection is more numerous and diverse than any other.[88] The coins include a dozen from the first issue of North African Arab-Latin gold coins, from 704 and 705 AD, as well as early gold dinars.[88] Later holdings include a unique gold dinar from the reign of the Ilkhanid Emperor Musa Khan and others, with signs of the zodiac, from the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir.[89] A gold dinar from 697 AD is an example of the earliest known issue with only Arabic inscriptions.[90]

Scientific instrumentsEdit

 
A monumental planispheric astrolabe made for Shah Jahan, Punjab, 1648–58

Throughout the history of Islam, its rituals have made use of scientific procedures to find the direction of Mecca and to determine the times of prayers within the lunar calendar.[91] Around two hundred objects in the collection relate to medieval Islamic science and medicine, including astronomical instruments, tools, scales, weights, and supposedly magical items intended for medical use.[92] The astrolabes include an exceptionally large example commissioned by Shah Jahan[93][94] and a rare example with Hebrew inscriptions, dating from around 1300.[95] The collection has one of the largest groups of Islamic globes, of diverse types and dates. One that was made in 1285–6 is among the oldest known examples. There are also quadrants of wood and of metal.[95] Magical healing bowls, inscribed with verses from the Quran and other writing, were common in the Islamic world from the 12th century onwards. The collection has a 12th-century example from Syria.[96] Made for the ruler Nur al-Din Mahmud Zengi, it has an inscription promising to cure anyone who drinks from it of any poison or affliction.[97]

Architectural elementsEdit

 
Cenotaph, Iran, 1496-7 AD

The collection's architectural elements and tombstones bear dates from the 13th century to the 19th. They include ceramic tiles from Ilkhanid Iran, 15th-century Spain, and 18th–19th century Multan.[98] The tombstones are of varying origins and materials, including a carved and calligraphed stele, nearly two metres (6 ft 7 in) high, from Northern India.[98] A Tunisian marble tombstone from 1044, with Kufic inscriptions, stands at over a metre high.[98] A carved wooden cenotaph, dated 1496–7 AD, from a shrine in the Caspian area of Iran bears the craftsman's signature and the names of donors.[98] Royal palaces were sometimes decorated with stone sculpture; the collection has heads from two examples; an 8th- or 9th-century limestone head shows the influence of Buddhist depictions of Bodhisattvas.[99] The collection also includes jali (carved sandstone window grilles) and a group of marble carvings from Ghazni in modern-day Afghanistan.[98]

GalleryEdit

ActivitiesEdit

ExhibitionsEdit

This collection was the basis in 2008 for the first comprehensive exhibition of Islamic art to be staged in the Middle East, at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. This was also the largest exhibition of Islamic art held anywhere up to that date.[8][100] Exhibitions drawing exclusively from the collection have been held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam as well as at many other museums and institutions worldwide.[10] An academic study of the Arts of Islam exhibition held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2007 found that Khalili covered transport and insurance costs as well as providing the objects free of charge. He also had curatorial input into the exhibition.[101] The bulk of the exhibition was of secular art works and the presentation focused on their artistic value rather than religious messages. The exhibitions emphasise links between the Abrahamic religions, highlighting art works made by Jews and Muslims working together, as well as works that depict figures from all three religions.[101]

Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection

Marvels of the East: Indian Paintings of the Mughal Period from the Khalili Collection

Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection

Ornements de la Perse: Islamic Patterns in 19th Century Europe

Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection

The Arts of Islam: Treasures from the Nasser D. Khalili Collection

Passion for Perfection: Islamic Art from the Khalili Collection

  • Dec 2010 – Apr 2011 Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Loans to museums and galleriesEdit

Earthly Beauty, Heavenly Art: The Art of Islam, an exhibition of objects from the Islamic collection and the State Hermitage Museum was seen at:[10]

  • Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, Dec 1999 – Apr 2000
  • State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 2000 – Sep 2001
  • Hermitage Rooms, Somerset House, London (as Heaven on Earth: Art From Islamic Lands – Selected objects from the Khalili Collection and The State Hermitage Museum), March–August 2004

PublicationsEdit

Khalili employs a production staff and has commissioned more than 30 academic experts to document the collection in a 30-volume series of books, whose publication he has subsidised.[6][105] Each volume includes scholarly research on the collection's objects, as well as essays about Islamic art for a general audience.[6] The General Editor is Julian Raby, formerly a lecturer at the University of Oxford and Director at the Freer Gallery of Art. Other contributors include Sheila Blair, Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at the Boston College; François Déroche of the Collège de France; Geoffrey Khan of the University of Cambridge; and J. M. Rogers of SOAS, University of London.[1] Khalili, who has a PhD in Islamic lacquers from SOAS,[5] is a co-author of the volume on the collection's lacquers.[106] A review said that each volume "has been produced to a standard that is seldom seen in this small corner of the art world [...] backed up by solid scholarship from respected authorities".[107] Reviewing the first group of volumes, Robert Irwin described the production as "of a very high standard indeed. The catalogues are in their own way works of art."[24]

  • Déroche, François (1992). Volume I – The Abbasid Tradition: Qur'ans of the 8th to the 10th centuries AD. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780519.
  • James, David (1992). Volume II – The Master Scribes: Qur'ans of the 10th to 14th centuries AD. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780526.
  • James, David (1992). Volume III – After Timur: Qur'ans of the 15th and 16th centuries. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9780197276020.
  • Bayani, Manijeh; Contadini, Anna; Stanley, Tim (1999). Volume IV, Part I – The Decorated Word: Qur'ans of the 17th to 19th centuries. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9780197276037.
  • Bayani, Manijeh; Contadini, Anna; Stanley, Tim (2009). Volume IV, Part II – The Decorated Word: Qur'ans of the 17th to 19th centuries. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780540.
  • Safwat, Nabil F. (1996). Volume V – The Art of the Pen: Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9780197276044.
  • Khan, Geoffrey (1993). Volume VI – Bills, Letters and Deeds: Arabic Papyri of the 7th to 11th Centuries. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780564.
  • Freeman, Deborah (1993). Volume VII – Learning, Piety and Poetry. Manuscripts from the Islamic world. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780847.
  • Leach, Linda York (1998). Volume VIII – Paintings from India. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9780197276242.
  • Grube, Ernst J. (1994). Volume IX – Cobalt and Lustre: The first centuries of Islamic pottery. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9780197276075.
  • Grube, Ernst J. (2007). Volume X – A Rival to China. Later Islamic pottery. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780878.
  • Spink, Michael (31 December 2009). Volume XI – Brasses, Bronze & Silver of the Islamic Lands, Part I and II. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780885.
  • Maddison, Francis (1997). Volume XII – Science, Tools & Magic: Body and Spirit, Mapping the Universe, Part I and Mundane Bodies, Part II. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9780197276105.
  • Bayani, Manijeh (1997). Volume XIII – Seals and Talismans. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780779.
  • Cohen, Steven (2011). Volume XIV – Textiles, Carpets and Costumes, Part I and II. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780786.
  • Goldstein, Sidney M. (2005). Volume XV – Glass: From Sasanian antecedents to European imitations. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780502.
  • Wenzel, Marian (1992). Volume XVI – Ornament and Amulet: Rings of the Islamic Lands. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9780197276143.
  • Spink, Michael; Ogden, Jack (2013). Volume XVII – The Art of Adornment: Jewellery of the Islamic lands. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780861.
  • Carvalho, Pedro Moura (2010). Volume XVIII – Gems and Jewels of Mughal India. Jewelled and enamelled objects from the 16th to 20th centuries. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780724.
  • Vardanyan, Aram R. (28 April 2006). Volume XIX – Dinars and Dirhams. Coins of the Islamic lands. The early period, Part I. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780823.
  • Vardanyan, Aram R. (28 April 2006). Volume XX – Dinars and Dirhams. Coins of the Islamic lands. The later period, Part II. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780830.
  • Alexander, David (1992). Volume XXI – The Arts of War: Arms and Armour of the 7th to 19th centuries. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780618.
  • Khalili, Nasser D.; Robinson, B. W.; Stanley, Tim (1996). Volume XXII – Lacquer of the Islamic Lands, Part I. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780625.
  • Khalili, Nasser D.; Robinson, B. W.; Stanley, Tim (1997). Volume XXII – Lacquer of the Islamic Lands, Part II. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780632.
  • Vernoit, Stephen (1997). Volume XXIII – Occidentalism. Islamic Art in the 19th Century. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9780197276204.
  • Pinder-Wilson, Ralph; Chida-Razvi, Mehreen (28 April 2006). Volume XXIV – Monuments and Memorials. Carvings and tile work from the Islamic world. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780854.
  • Sims, Eleanor; Bayani, Manijeh; Stanley, Tim (28 February 2006). Volume XXV, Part I – The Tale and the Image. Illustrated manuscripts and album paintings from Iran and Turkey (Part One). The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780809.
  • Rogers, J. M.; Bayani, Manijeh (28 April 2006). Volume XXV, Part II – The Tale and the Image. Illustrated manuscripts and album paintings from Iran and Turkey (Part Two). The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780816.
  • Blair, Shelia (1995). Volume XXVII – A Compendium of Chronicles: Rashid al-Din's illustrated history of the world. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780656.

The monographs in the Studies in the Khalili Collection series present research about objects in the Islamic Art collection:

  • Khan, Geoffrey (1992). Volume I – Selected Arabic Papyri. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780663.
  • Soucek, Svat (1996). Volume II – Piri Reis and Turkish Mapmaking after Columbus, The Khalili Portolan Atlas. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780670.
  • Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2012). Volume III – (Part One) Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan, Legal and Economic Documents. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780922.
  • Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2007). Volume III – (Part Two) Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan, Letters and Buddhist Texts. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780908.
  • Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2012). Volume III – (Part Three) Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan, Plates. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780915.
  • Goodwin, Tony (2005). Volume IV – Arab-Byzantine Coinage. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780755.
  • Khan, Geoffrey (2007). Volume V – Arabic Documents from Early Islamic Khurasan. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780717.
  • Chaldecott, Nada (2020). Volume VI – Turcoman Jewellery. The Nour Foundation. ISBN 9781874780939.

ReceptionEdit

Historian of astronomy David A. King has written that "Many of the objects [...] are works of considerable and occasionally exceptional beauty, be they illuminated manuscripts or scientific works of art."[108] Tahir Shah, writing in Saudi Aramco World, described Khalili's collection as the most extensive such collection in the world, as well as the best-catalogued: "Its embrace of virtually every known area of craftsmanship ever pursued in Islamic lands is unprecedented."[6] Jo Lawson-Tancred, writing in Apollo, noted that private collections were not conventionally open to public access, but that Khalili had planned to provide this by means of a partnership with Wikimedia UK; over 1000 works have been digitised and made freely available under a Creative Commons license.[109]

See alsoEdit

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  • Khalili, Nasser D. (2005). The timeline history of Islamic art and architecture. London: Worth. ISBN 1-903025-17-6. OCLC 61177501.
  • Rogers, J. M. (2008). The arts of Islam : treasures from the Nasser D. Khalili collection (Revised and expanded ed.). Abu Dhabi: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC). OCLC 455121277.

External linksEdit

  • Official site
  • Video: walk-through of exhibition "The Arts of Islam", Abu Dhabi