Hyderabad: The recent surge in interest in Islamic art and artefacts has kindled the Hyderabad's famous
Work is going on in full steam and
Speaking exclusively to Times of
Splendour of Islam
"It will take visitors on a journey across space and through time, encouraging visitors to explore bygone splendour of Islam." Spanning an area of 20,000 sqft, the museum will have a collection of Islamic jades, rosaries, manuscripts, textiles, rare copies of the Holy Quran, ancient Islamic manuscripts, arms and ammunitions, prayer rugs, carpets, ewers, ceramics, etc.
Manuscripts in this part of the collection would include the oldest folio of the Holy Quran on parchment in the Kufi script dating to the ninth century representing rare calligraphy work.
The miniature Holy Quran measuring two cm. by three cm. printed in 31 folios is a feast for the eyes. All these will be shifted to the new gallery. Salarjung museum, a veritable treasure trove of rare books, manuscripts, artefacts, and other stuff, will be the first museum in
Visitors will now be able to see all of the 2,600 Arabic manuscript collection, 4,800 Persian, 1,000 Urdu, 25 Turkish and nearly 1,400 lose panels of calligraphy at one place. The museum authorities is also planning to shift the Egyptian and Syrian collections and the 200-odd rosaries to the new gallery and the archer rings of the Mughal king, Shahjahan, which are in dark green jade will find place in the Islamic art gallery.
At present, the museum artefacts are categorised as Indian art, Middle Eastern art, European and Far Eastern collection.
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