Islamic Art, British Museum
Room 34. It’s in a far flung corner of the British Museum. To come upon it – far from the madding crowd – and work your way through it is to range nearly half way round the world, from Spain to China. It’s a journey through the history, richness, complexity and diversity of the Islamic world. Welcome to one of the world’s most important Islamic collections. To a single room that is, well, a magic carpet that illustrates the history and culture and zeitgeists (notice the plural) of the Islamic world from the time of Mohammed in 7th century to the present day. Elegant Kufic script and calligraphy, astrolabes from Old Cairo, exquisite bronze metalwork and glass from the times of the Crusades, outstanding Iznik tiles and ceramics from the Ottoman Empire… these are objects that aren’t just beautiful, they pack a great deal of historical story power. One room, a couple of hundred works of art, 13 centuries – and it’s say goodbye to the world view that you crossed the threshold with two hours previously.
There is no need to book for this guided tour. This walk is offered as part of London Walks. You can check their website for times and dates by clicking here. Or email Barry and he will reply with the information.