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POWER AND PROTECTION

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.

‘Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural’ is a ground-breaking investigation of divinatory arts in the Islamic world discussing their impact on, and expression through, material culture.

Within Islamic societies, people of all backgrounds have engaged in fascinating yet controversial practices such as the casting of horoscopes and interpretation of omens. The exhibition includes objects and works of art from the 12th to the 20th century which have been used as sources of guidance and protection in the dramatic events of human history. These include dream-books, talismanic charts and amulets.

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

Ashmolean Museum
Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural
20 Oct 2016 - 15 Jan 2017