Islamic arts Museum Malaysia
By Dr Heba Barakat
122 Colour Inllustrations
Hardback 170 Pages Portrait Size 9"x 12" Large)
offers a fresh look at the intrinsic beauty of the Word of God. In this
approach, the art of calligraphy secures a place of honour and distinction among
other decorative arts in Islam, spreading peace, harmony and the message of God.
In the exhibition catalogue, the selection of the calligraphy is examined
through the use of historical accounts, the Holy Quran and Hadith. The
publication is divided into six chapters, which range from the Declaration of
Faith (Shahadah) to the richly embroidered velvet kiswah door panel of the Holy
ventures beyond the utmost beauty and grace of the Arabic calligraphy to the
depths of meanings and symbolism inherited within the calligraphic inscriptions
on objects of art. Throughout Islamic culture and tradition, manuscripts, metal
work, pottery, jewellery, textiles and architecture embrace the calligraphy into
its decorative repertoire. Phrases from the Quran, Hadiths, Arabic alphabets and
numbers were carefully selected and used on objects to give guidance,
protection, wishes and clarification.
seeks to examine the relationship between Islamic works of art and the messages
within the art of calligraphy. Presenting over 100 pieces from Islamic Arts
Museum Malaysia's own collection, the exhibition introduces the calligrapher and
his splendid tools of trade, and showcases numerous examples of outstanding
Qurans and artefacts produced during the Persian, Mughal and Ottoman dynasties.
inscriptions on art such as the special surahs, the Shahada, ninety-nine names
of God, letters and numbers and the validity of the word as a legal bond in
Islam is revealed in depth and displayed alongside exquisite artefacts from
Spain to South East Asia and China.
offers a fresh look of understanding and appreciation for the intrinsic beauty
of the Word of God. In this approach, the art of calligraphy secures a place of
honour and distinction among other decorative arts in Islam, spreading peace,
harmony and the message of God for time to come.
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