Marvellous Creatures: Animal Fables in Islamic Art

Dr. Mounia Chekhab Abudaya, Bill Greenwood, Dr. Thalia Kennedy, Dr. Leslee Michelsen, Dr. Nur Sobers-Khan

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Marvellous Creatures showcases the real and mythical animals from the legends and fables of the Islamic world as reflected in a range of artworks from the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art. The book is divided into the four natural elements of fire, air, earth and water, with mythical creatures introducing timeless tales such as the Shahnameh, Kalila wa Dimna and One Thousand and One Nights in each section. The variety of objects featured in the book ranges across manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass and metalwork from the 10th to the 19th centuries, demonstrating the enduring appeal of these characters and stories across diverse cultures.

Language English/Arabic
Publication date 2015

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