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.