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Extended to 16 June: Moscow’s Pushkin Museum hosts Russia’s premier private collection of Islamic Art

Hurry, there’s still time to see the exhibition Ninety-nine Names of God: Classical Art of the Islamic World from the 9th to 19th Centuries, on show for another ten days in the Department of Private Collections of the A.S. Pushkin State Museum of Arts, Moscow, one of the largest museums in Russia. The display, curated by Galina Lasikova, shows a selection of ninety-nine masterpieces of Islamic Art from the collections of the private Mardjani Foundation for the Support of Research and Cultural Programs. Named in honour of the eminent Tatar scholar and Muslim theologian Shihabutdin Mardjani (1818–1889), the Foundation was established in 2006 as a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. Its aim is to support original research projects in all branches of the humanities, arts and social sciences concerned with the historical heritage of Islam in Russia and Eurasia, with a special focus on exhibitions, publishing, cultural and educational programs. Rustam Suleymanov, the President of the Foundation, described this as the first public show of its collection, which already numbers several thousand objects, many of which have been acquired on the Western market over the past few years. The best private collection of Islamic art in Russia, in broader terms it is second only to that of the Hermitage in St Petersburg. The exhibition has been extended until 16 June, 2013 at the A.S. Pushkin State Museum of Arts, 10 Volkhonka Street, Moscow, Russia

 

Suzani embroideries from the Mardjani Collection on show at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

19th century Uzbek Suzani embroideries from the Mardjani Collection on show at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

Bukhara suzani, Uzbekistan, 19th century.

Bukhara suzani, Uzbekistan, 19th century. Cotton, silk and wool, chain stitch embroidery, 123 x 192 cm. IM/T-29

Lotto arabesque rug, Ushak, west Anatolia, Ottoman period, early 17th century

Lotto arabesque rug, Ushak, west Anatolia, Ottoman period, early 17th century. Wool, knotted-pile, 116 x 162 cm. IM/T-50

Large-medallion Ushak carpet, west Anatolia, Ottoman period, 17th century

Large-medallion Ushak carpet, west Anatolia, Ottoman period, 17th century. Wool, knotted pile, 236 x 489 cm. IM/T-52

Miniature painting, Bukhara, ca. 1670

Women, peeling fruit, cut their hands,  distracted by seeing Yusuf’s beauty. Miniature painting depicting a scene from the Haft Awrang of Jami, Bukhara, ca. 1670. IM/R-53

Kashan mina'i ware bowl, Iran, 12th-13th century. IM/K-220

Kashan mina’i ware bowl, Iran, 12th-13th century. IM/K-220

Kashan mina'i ware bowl, Iran, 12th-13th century. IM/K-220

Kashan mina’i ware bowl, Iran, 12th-13th century. IM/K-220

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Detail of a Bukhara (?) suzani

Detail of a Bukhara (?) suzani

 

LNinety nine Names of God. The Mardjani Collection at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

Ninety nine Names of God. The Mardjani Collection at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

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Ninety nine Names of God. The Mardjani Collection at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

 

Ninety nine Names of God. The Mardjani Collection at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

Ninety nine Names of God. The Mardjani Collection at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

 

Ninety nine Names of God. The Mardjani Collection at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

Ninety nine Names of God. The Mardjani Collection at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

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