Exhibition on View: October 15, 2014–January 4, 2015


The exhibition Pearls of Wisdom highlights the richness and diversity of Islamic art through a range of artworks held in the collections of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Objects include ceramics, glasswares, metalwares, woodwork, textiles, illustrated manuscripts, and paintings. These items highlight how patrons, artists, and other individuals have used the expressive arts in order to promote social order and spiritual harmony in both secular and religious spheres. They also reveal how the visual arts help envision and implement a harmonious order of living in various Islamic cultures from the seventh century until the present day.

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<em>Winter in Ann Arbor</em>
Mamluk pen box
Crimson shawl
Bowl with bird
Oil lamp
Tile mosaic <em>muqarnas</em> fragment
Water filter with lion design
Opening of the Qur’an
Glass flasks
Cupbearer blazon
Coin weights