Friday, August 19, 2016

Ashmolean Museum Show on the Supernatural in Islamic Art

By Rob Sharp
Tipu Sultan’s Dream Book (khwabnama, 1785–98). © The British Library Board
UNITED KINGDOM---An 18th-century "dream diary" by a sultan in what is now present-day southern India is to go on public display for the first time in October. The volume, part of the British Library's Persian manuscripts collection, will be shown at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, as part of its forthcoming exhibition, Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural—the first major British show exploring the place of the supernatural in Islamic art. The exhibition will tackle subjects including divination, horoscopes and the use of omens, through more than 100 objects from the 12th to 20th centuries. [link]