Museum of Islamic Art

About the Museum


Interior View, Museum Of Islamic Art
Interior View, Museum Of Islamic Art
©The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Marc Pelletreau

Interior View, Museum Of Islamic Art

MIA Permanent Galleries
Exterior View, The Museum of Islamic Art
© The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Museum of Islamic Art

Exterior View, The Museum of Islamic Art

Interior View, Museum of Islamic Art
©The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Marc Pelletreau

Interior View, Museum of Islamic Art

MIA Permanent Galleries
Interior View, Museum of Islamic Art
©The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Interior View, Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art, in Cairo, Egypt, is considered one of the greatest in the world, with its exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world. In recent years, the museum has displayed about 4,500 artefacts in 25 Halls, but it houses more than 100,000 objects, with the remainder in storage. The collection includes rare manuscripts of the Qur'an, with some calligraphy written in silver ink, on pages with elaborate borders. The Museum has conducted archaeological excavations in the Fustat area and has organized a number of national and international exhibitions. The museum closed for renovations in 2003, and re-opened 8 years later, in August 2010. The restoration cost nearly US$10 million.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons: Roland Unger

Collection Highlights


Vase known as "The Cavour Vase", Mamluk, Egypt or Syria
Vase known as "The Cavour Vase", Mamluk, Egypt or Syria
Gem-Set Enamelled Gold Falcon, Mughal, India
Gem-Set Enamelled Gold Falcon, Mughal, India
War Mask, Timurid, Eastern Caucasus or Western Iran
War Mask, Timurid, Eastern Caucasus or Western Iran
Blue and White Bowl (Calligraphic), Abbasid, Iraq (Basra)
Blue and White Bowl (Calligraphic), Abbasid, Iraq (Basra)
Monumental Panel with Figural Scenes, Saljuq, Iran
Monumental Panel with Figural Scenes, Saljuq, Iran
Museum of Islamic Art: Collection Highlights
Vase known as "The Cavour Vase", Mamluk, Egypt or Syria
© The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Marc Pelletreau
Vase known as "The Cavour Vase", Mamluk, Egypt or Syria, 13th century
enamelled and gilded glass, 24.5 cm high
GL.6.1998
Gem-Set Enamelled Gold Falcon, Mughal, India
© The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
Gem-Set Enamelled Gold Falcon, Mughal, India , 17th century
gold, enamels and precious stones, 33 cm x 8 cm
JE.69.2001
War Mask, Timurid, Eastern Caucasus or Western Iran
© The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
War Mask, Timurid, Eastern Caucasus or Western Iran, 15th century
steel with silver inlay, 21 cm x 17.8 cm x 8 cm
MW.6.1997
Blue and White Bowl (Calligraphic), Abbasid, Iraq (Basra)
© The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
Blue and White Bowl (Calligraphic), Abbasid, Iraq (Basra), 9th century
underglaze painted earthenware, 21 cm
PO.31.1999
Monumental Panel with Figural Scenes, Saljuq, Iran
© The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Marc Pelletreau
Monumental Panel with Figural Scenes, Saljuq, Iran, 12th century
carved and moulded stucco, 151.5 cm x 343 cm x 9 cm
SW.160.2011
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