Bonhams Edinburgh is hosting an exhibition of Scotland's largest private collection of pre-Islamic & Islamic art, which has never been seen in public before. The exhibition, with over 650 items, includes artefacts of pre-Islamic & Islamic origin including ancient ceramics, bronzes, books, goblets, glass, furniture, paintings, textiles, coins and much, much more.
Miranda Grant, Managing Director of Bonhams Scotland said:
"We are delighted to host this important exhibition of Islamic Art, certainly the largest in Scotland, and without doubt significant on an international scale.
We consider it an honour for the public to see this fascinating private collection for the first time at our Edinburgh galleries and we look forward to welcoming many visitors during the exhibition."
The exhibition contains many ancient and valuable items from pre-Islamic and Islamic culture. Of particular significance is a 16th century signed and dated manuscript of five poems. It's particularly rare to find a whole book such as this still together since individual pages sell for great sums. Another item of interest is a 12th century miniature bronze sculpture of a dog, valued in its day because the dynasty treasured hunting dogs so highly.
This highly important exhibition will be open to the public with free admission from the 8th January 2013 until the 13th January, opening times will be 10:00-16:00.