DIA opens new Islamic galleries

The art includes not just specifically Islamic works but Christian and Jewish sacred manuscripts found in the same parts of the world.

Ever since the museum re-opened a few years ago it has had a strong visitor-focused approach.

The same holds true for these new galleries.

They include interactive devices to help viewers “engage” with the art.

There is an interactive “carpet-making” activity, a video of a master calligrapher at work, a large map of the regions represented and, for kids, the popular Eye Spy labels.

Among specific works are a very large, rare, early Ottoman mosque candlestick from around 1500, and a 15th-century Timurid cut-tile panel in the shape of a star.

Qur’an, unknown artist, about 1450-60, Iran; Leather, paper, ink, colors, and gold. Detroit Institute of Arts


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