'Pearls on a String' Showcases the Artistic Process through Three Centuries of Islamic Art

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 (Photograph: Asian Art Museum)

A new exhibit at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum takes visitors on a journey of the artistic process through three centuries of Islamic art. The exhibit focuses on a writer from 16th-century Mughal India, an artist from 17th-century Safavid Iran, and an art patron from 18th-century Ottoman Turkey. The exhibit's curator, Qamar Adamjee, joins Forum to discuss what these three individuals can tell us about the development of Islamic art.

Some Sample Works from the Exhibit

Portrait of Mahmud I


Qamar Adamjee, associate curator for South Asian and Islamic Art, Asian Art Museum


Khamsa Turktazis Visit to the Magical Garden

Akbar Abul Fazl presenting the Akbarnama

Shahnama Simurgh Assisting at the Birth of Rustam

A jeweled gun set with accessories