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Collection Asian art Western Asia

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Works from Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt represent the Islamic cultures that emerged in the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century and rapidly spread to neighbouring lands. Local artistic styles were absorbed and assimilated within the artistic culture of Islam.

The Islamic artistic heritage of West Asia, found in illustrated manuscript folios, ceramics and textiles, is represented in the Gallery holdings by only a few examples that do not do justice to the great traditions of this part of Asia. Our small collection of West Asian art is dominated by ceramics, some of which demonstrate the characteristic technique introduced by Islamic potters of lustre decoration with its luminous sheen from a glaze made of the finest metals such as silver, gold and copper.