Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural | University of Oxford

Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural

Event date
20 Dec 2016 to 15 Jan 2017
Event time
10:00 - 17:00
Venue
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 2PH
Event type
Exhibitions
Event cost
£10
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

Showcasing over a hundred spectacular objects from Morocco to China, Power and Protection is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world.

Within Islamic societies, people of all backgrounds have engaged in fascinating and sometimes controversial practices such as the casting of horoscopes and the interpretation of omens. The objects and works of art in this exhibition – which date from the 12th to the 20th centuries – have been used as sources of guidance and protection in both the private sphere and in dramatic events such as battles and royal births. Amongst the displays are astrological charts, dream-books, talismanic clothing and jewel-encrusted amulets.

This is an unmissable chance to see objects of breathtaking quality and astonishing scale, many of which have never been seen in public.