Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum

From November 5th 2010 to March 13th 2011, the Aga Khan Museum collection visited the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Entitled Treasures of Aga Khan Museum, the exhibition was held within the framework of Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture. For the first time since Parma in 2007, the artefacts on display were not a general presentation of “highlights” from the collection, but it was an exhibition that brought together examples of the written word on a variety of objects (ceramics, wood, metalwork, textiles, etc.) with their counterparts on parchment and paper. The exhibition aimed to show how the art of the book - in calligraphy, illumination and illustration - evolved over time in the Islamic world.

Tulips and an iris

Jar of medicine

Standard (alam)

Inlaid box

Shell with inscriptions


The poppy (al-khashkhāsh)

Blue silk robe

Folio from the ‘’Blue Qur’an’’

Sindukht brings gifts to the court of Sam

Young man reading a book

Tray stand

Ceramic architectural tile

Astrolabe by Hājjī Alī

Sakıp Sabancı Museum hosts women on March 8.

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), is getting ready to give women a present within the context of International Women’s Day. On March 8, the entrance to the museum as well as guided tours at 2 PM and 4 PM for the “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum” exhibition will be free of charge for female visitors. This will also serve as a final opportunity for women to visit the “Treasures of the Aga Khan” exhibition, that will end on March 13.