"hunt: Princely Pursuits In Islamic Lands" Sergisi

Doha Büyükelçiliği 17.09.2015

Doha, September 16 (QNA) - An exciting new
exhibition, The Hunt was launched at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha
today, under the patronage of HE Qatar Museums Chairperson Sheikha Al Mayassa
bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The exhibition, which will run from 16th September 2015 until 9th January
2016, was opened in the presence of HE Qatar Museums Vice Chairperson Sheikh
Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Thani and a number of ambassadors accredited to

On display in the museum's Special Exhibitions Gallery, MIA’s autumn
exhibition focuses on hunting as a royal activity in Islamic lands, a major part
of elite life in the Islamic world from earliest times until the present day. It
explores and celebrates the sport of hunting, as well as the related activities
of polo, feasting and fighting, all of which feature prominently in Islamic art.

Commenting on the exhibition launch, Shaika Al Nassr, Head of Exhibitions at
the Museum of Islamic Art, said: "This fun and absorbing exhibition aims to use
hunting as a means of exploring the ‘princely cycle’ and how notions of kingship
were formulated, expressed and depicted in the Middle East and beyond.

"We hope that the wide variety of objects and artworks on display illustrates
this important part of history and society,and appeals to diverse audiences
across the community, including children, young people, and families both in
Qatar and across the region. The exhibition has strong relevance to regional
culture, as seen with falconry, a form of hunting that is still an important
part of Qatar’s heritage today."

Throughout the Islamic world, hunting, rich with symbolism and pageantry, was
and in some places continues to be, an essential activity in the lifestyle of
princes, sultans and pashas, as it required horsemanship, strength and courage,
allowing rulers to demonstrate their skills and assert their authority. As such,
images of the hunt in almost every medium are commonly found in Islamic art,
whether in lavishly illustrated manuscripts, inlaid metalwork or colourful

The wide variety of objects presented in The Hunt exhibition – manuscripts,
ceramics, metalwork, textiles, glass, woodwork and hunting tools – dating from
the 11th to the 20th centuries, will give audiences the chance to marvel at the
lifestyle, power and bravery of royal hunters, opening a window into the lives
of princes, sultans and caliphs and exploring how the notion of kingship was
expressed throughout the Islamic world.

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a series of public
programmes and events aimed at a broad audience for adults, academics, families
and schools to enjoy, including lectures by international and local experts,
falconry displays, poetry, film, and art workshops.

In addition, MIA is organising workshops for school students, including, A
King and His Falcon, which is inspired by The Hunt and allows children to
discover the importance and symbolism of the falcon in Islamic Art. In this
workshop, students will learn the art and history of falconry while producing
watercolour paintings inspired by this regal creature.

The Hunt forms part of the Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture, which aims to
create sustainable platforms for collaboration and cultural exchange between
Qatar and Turkey. As such, a number of key artworks from the Topkap? Palace
Museum and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum in Istanbul will be on show as
part of the exhibition, highlighting the commonalities between Qatari and
Turkish cultures.


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