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Collector's Fortune
Islamic Art from the Edmund de Unger Collection

27.11.2007 to 17.02.2008


The Keir Collection, assembled by Edmund de Unger in England over a period of nearly 50 years, is counted among the largest private collections of Islamic art. De Unger made it his objective to systematically select objects which are rarely represented and styles which still cause controversy among researchers. With a discerning eye, he has tracked them down at markets and, above all, in famous old collections.

His collection represents an almost seamless supplement to the holdings of the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum for Islamic Art). Here, a selection of works from the de Unger collection is now on show: Egyptian rock crystals, early Arabic, Iranian, and Turkish painted miniatures, as well as Spanish-Islamic and Turkish textiles. In the face of the astounding quality and radiance of the exhibits, visitors of the exhibition will join us in being grateful that the collectors' family agreed to a collaboration with the Museum of Islamic Art.