- 01Poet Ferdausi recites to Sultan Mahmud from the Schahname. Tabriz, around 1530
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Photo: I. GeskePoet Ferdausi recites to Sultan Mahmud from the Schahname. Tabriz, around 1530
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Photo: I. Geske
- 02The mythical King Dschamschid teaches the people forging and tailoring. Schiraz, 823/1420 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Photo: I. Geske
- 03Prince Siyavosch passes the fire test.
West Iran, 1390-1410 © Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin PK, Orientabteilung
The Museum of Islamic Art and the Orient section of the State Library take the millennial anniversary of the Persian Book of Kings "Schahname" as occasion to introduce the epic in an exhibition with a selection of unique Schahname-scripts and single pages. Nearly a hundred additional objects complement the exhibition. The Museum of Islamic Art and the State Library want to take the chance and introduce the great epic with its world-wide unique collection of rarely shown Schahname-scripts and miniature illustrations.
The planned exhibition will present - for the first time - the pre-islamic evidence of the old capital of the Persian kings and the famous and spectactular miniatures from the State Library Berlin, the depots of the Museum of Islamic Art and the Keir-collection combined. Amongst others it is one goal to address the Persian Communities in Germany and attract them to the Museum: Here lies important evidence of their cultural heritage.