Spectacle and Splendour - Ottoman Masterpieces from the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest’
The first ever exhibition of Islamic artefacts from Hungary to be shown in the Arab world.
The catalogue presents around 50 exquisite examples of early Ottoman craftsmanship, including choice carpets, woven and embroidered luxury textiles as well as bejeweled ceremonial weapons and gala saddles used in parades and public occasions. They were designed to symbolize the power and authority as well as the high culture and sophisticated lives of the Ottoman and Hungarian elite during the 10th and 11th centuries H/ 16th and 17th centuries CE.
The masterpieces - which entered Hungary as early as the10th - 11th centuries H/ 16th – 17th centuries CE as priced tokens of diplomacy, trade or war booty - are lent by the prestigious Budapest Museum of Applied Arts, established in 1872 and considered as one of the oldest and most important museums of its kind.They were chosen exclusively for the Sharjah exhibition from the Museum’s extensive and internationally acknowledged collections of crafts and industrial design, which also include important Islamic textiles, metalwork and ceramics dating from the 9th to the 19th century CE.