Ziena Splendor of the Indian Courts
28.03.2024
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Currently, you have an opportunity to attend Ziena Splendor of the Indian Courts, an impressive exhibit organised by Sharjah Museums Authority in partnership with Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, a cultural Kuwaiti organisation). It was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed AlQasimi (Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah) himself on 25 October 2023. The show celebrates the exceptional culture of the Indian Subcontinent and explores the influence of Islamic art on Indian artisans. It is taking place at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and will be available to visit until 14 April 2024.

Turban Ornament (Sarpesh) gold set. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, 2023-2024.
Photo: Khushnum Bhandari / The National.

The exhibition comprises three sections, displaying 84 rare art objects. They spotlight India’s artistic achievements and the artistic craftsmanship of Indian jewellers, in particular, who created these artefacts from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The exhibits belong to the exceptional al-Sabah Collection, one of the world’s most esteemed and extensive collections of Ancient and Islamic art. Founded by Sheikh Nasser and Sheikha Hussa al-Sabah of Kuwait, it spans from the mid-1970s to the present day and covers the chronology of more than 6,000 years. The collection, which features 18,000+ artefacts (ceramics, wood artworks, coins, books, and many more), has been on long-term loan to the State of Kuwait, where it opened as Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah in 1983.

Ziena Splendor of the Indian Courts (installation view). Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, 2023-2024.
Photo: Khushnum Bhandari / The National.

The most remarkable objects which can be found at the Ziena Splendor of the Indian Courts exhibition include a royal gemstone carrying the largest and oldest royal inscription. It bears the name of Ulugh Beg, a Timurid ruler who was the grandson of Amir Timur (Tamerlane), and dates before his death in 1449 CE. Other notable exhibits are a jade pendant commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan during 1637-1638 AD and an archery ring also attributed to him during 1651-1652 AD. One can also admire a collection of beautiful jewelled daggers, knives, and swords that showcase the advancements in sword and dagger craftsmanship during that era.

The Timur Ruby. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, 2023-2024.
Photo: Khushnum Bhandari / The National.

To get more information about Ziena Splendor of the Indian Courts, please visit the official web page of the exhibition.

You may also be interested in visiting the Bait Al Naboodah Museum located in a home that belonged to Emir Obaid bin Isa bin Ali Al Shamsi, the most successful Emirati pearl merchant. In addition, we would recommend you go to the Dubai Pearl Museum, where you can learn more about the history and heritage of pearl diving in the Emirates.

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