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Islamic Art – The Khalili Collections

The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art comprises over 20,000 objects including manuscripts of the Qur’an, illustrated manuscripts, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, glass, metalwork, coins and seals. The images are wonderful, and the accompanying text is clear and informative. The website can be a bit confusing to navigate—be sure that Islamic Art is highlighted at the top under collections, then, if you like, choose a filter on the top left to narrow the type of objects shown (for example, arms and armour, calligraphy, textiles, glass, metalwork, miniature painting, etc.). Note that there are a LOT of objects in this comprehensive online gallery—make sure you continue to click on “Load More Objects” at the bottom of the page. Also, do check out the separate collection on Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage.