Exhibition: Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld - Cultures in Conversation
From stunning court fashion and intricate astrolabes to beautiful bowls and candlesticks, discover how the technical skills of Islamic artisans stimulated cultural conversations through the ebb and flow of people, goods, and ideas.
Combining Indian and Bedouin traditions, the 'lunar mansions' — groups of stars through which the moon moves — are engraved in an inner circle on this exceptionally detailed astrolabe featured in our Islamic Metalwork exhibition.
In Islamic art, the iconography of the constellations is borrowed from Classical Antiquity. The star positions on this globe were taken from the Book of Constellations by Abu al-Husayn ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, who modelled his star charts on those of Greek astronomer Ptolemy.
You can join the Multaka team any time to enjoy Art, Music, and Craft: The Mosul Handbag — a jam-packed hour of fun family craft and activities—and learn about what may be the oldest handbag in the world!
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Join our experts as they put a selection of our working scientific instruments through their paces. It's rare we have a chance to handle these objects, so we hope you enjoy seeing them come to life as much as we did.
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