New Islamic art gallery debuts in Detroit

  • February 21, 2010 21:27

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Charger, circa 1500, Turkish. Detroit Institute of Arts. Museum Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund(2006.58)

The Detroit Institute of Arts will unveil a new 3,350-square-foot gallery on Feb. 28 with a rotating collection of 168 of the museum's 1,400 Islamic artworks. “This is a phenomenon going on around the world. Almost everyone is getting a new Islamic gallery,” curator Heather Ecker says.

Works on view will include a Timurid Qur'an dating from about 1450, the largest surviving Ottoman velvet summer carpet from the 17th century, and an enameled bottle made in Syria for one of the rulers of Yemen in the 1200s.

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