India, Portrait of the Prophet Muhammad riding the Buraq, 1820-1830, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh or Delhi, India, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, 17.7 x 10.9 x 6.6cm, Gift of Barrie and Judith Heaven 2009, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

'ILM: ART AND KNOWLEDGE IN ISLAM
Now showing 
Gallery 19b
Free

‘Ilm is the Arabic word for ‘knowledge’ and the display reflects on the variety of ways through which historical and contemporary Muslim artists have explored understanding knowledge in Islam. The diverse selection of media, including paintings, textiles, ceramic and metalwork, created in the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and Australia, testify to the significance of ‘ilm in religious belief.

The spiritual knowledge contained within the holy book of the Qur’an has inspired Muslim calligraphers to create ornately decorated texts while figurative scenes from heroic epics depicted in miniature paintings and ceramic decoration convey knowledge of man and woman’s place in the unfolding drama of history.

From 1 July to 29 October 2017, the display Ilm: Art and Knowledge in Islam will feature Egyptian tent panels from The Bowker Collection, as well as several early Indonesian patchwork and embroidered garments from the Gallery's own collection.



image: India, Portrait of the Prophet Muhammad riding the Buraq, 1820-1830, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh or Delhi, India, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, 17.7 x 10.9 x 6.6cm, Gift of Barrie and Judith Heaven 2009, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

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