Recent Acquisitions of Islamic Art

September 13, 2019 - February 2, 2020

Page of hand lettered calligraphy

The Ackland recently launched a major initiative to build its collection of art from the Islamic world. A small exhibition, presented in conjunction with She Who Tells a Story, will showcase seven recent purchases, including calligraphic manuscripts, textiles, metalwork and an architectural fragment all dating from the 8th century CE to the 17th century.

There will be one rotation of the textiles and Qur’anic manuscripts on Friday, November 22, midway through the show.

In the future these artworks will be juxtaposed with other items in the collection, where they will offer rich comparisons.


Click here to read a discussion with Museum director Katie Ziglar about the new acquisitions.


Recent Acquisitions of Islamic Art Public Programs

Family and Friends Sunday
September 22 | 2-5 p.m.


Unidentified artist, probably Iraqi, Baghdad, Jalayirid dynasty, 1336–1432, Leaf from the “5 Surahs” Qur’anic Album, c. 1370, ink and gold on paper, 17 × 13 3/4 in. (43.2 × 35 cm). Special Acquisition Fund, 2019.16.1.