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Powder and Damask: Islamic Arms and Armour from the Collection of Fadel Al-Mansoori

27th August 2017 UNTIL 12th May 2018

This exhibition showcases Islamic arms and armour from the private collection of Fadel Al Mansoori. Including both edged weapons and firearms, the objects on display range from the 17th to the 19th century, and were produced primarily in greater Turkey, Iran and India. Powder and Damask explores the art of craftsmanship which reached unprecedented levels in these regions under the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires, and considers these objects not only as weapons but as works of art. Without degrading their functionality, arms and armour in Islamic lands became an art that found its place in the hands of sultans, high-ranking commanders and elite members of society. 

Museum of Islamic Art

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, the Museum is comprised of a main building with an adjacent education wing connected by a large central courtyard. The main building rises five-storeys, topped by a high domed atrium within a central tower.
Sword (shamshir) (detail); Safavid, Iran; 18th century; ivory and Damascus steel; L: 90 cm; FBR.2015.SHR.210
Sword (shamshir) (detail); Safavid, Iran; 18th century; ivory and Damascus steel; L: 90 cm; FBR.2015.SHR.210
Dagger (khanjar); Qajar, Iran; late 18th - 19th century; ivory and Damascus steel; L: 38 cm; FBR.2015.KJR.216
Dagger (khanjar); Qajar, Iran; late 18th - 19th century; ivory and Damascus steel; L: 38 cm; FBR.2015.KJR.216
Musket (detail); Ottoman, Algeria; early 19th century; coral, stones and silver; L: 135 cm; FBR.2014.GN.119
Musket (detail); Ottoman, Algeria; early 19th century; coral, stones and silver; L: 135 cm; FBR.2014.GN.119
Sword (yatagan) (detail); Ottoman, Turkey; 18th - 19th century; ivory and Damascus steel; L: 82 cm; FBR.2015.SHR.202
Sword (yatagan) (detail); Ottoman, Turkey; 18th - 19th century; ivory and Damascus steel; L: 82 cm; FBR.2015.SHR.202
Pistol (kubur); Ottoman, Turkey; early 19th century; ivory, wood and Damascus steel; L: 53 cm; FBR.2015.GN.126
Pistol (kubur); Ottoman, Turkey; early 19th century; ivory, wood and Damascus steel; L: 53 cm; FBR.2015.GN.126
Knife (kard); late Safavid, Iran; 18th century; ivory and Damascus steel; L: 33 cm; FBR.2014.KRD.221
Knife (kard); late Safavid, Iran; 18th century; ivory and Damascus steel; L: 33 cm; FBR.2014.KRD.221
Shield; Qajar, Iran; 19th century; steel and paint; L: 48 cm; FBR.2015.SHD.231
Shield; Qajar, Iran; 19th century; steel and paint; L: 48 cm; FBR.2015.SHD.231
Musket (shishana) (detail); Ottoman, Turkey; late 18th century; ivory, wood and Damascus steel; L: 110 cm; FBR.2012.GN.115
Musket (shishana) (detail); Ottoman, Turkey; late 18th century; ivory, wood and Damascus steel; L: 110 cm; FBR.2012.GN.115

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