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Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto


They roam the pages of countless legends, tales and fables, and have inspired artists for centuries. Meet the marvellous creatures of such classic literature as the Shahnameh and Kalila wa Dimna. Through an astonishing variety of media — including manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass, and metalwork from the 7th to the 21st centuries — the exhibition ‘Marvellous Creatures’ celebrates these real and mythical animals and illuminates the knowledge contained in their stories.

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