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Hajj & The Art Of Pilgrimage (700-2000)
The Khalili Collections include one of the largest and most important groups of works relating to hajj and the arts associated with it. The collection is the largest in private hands and ranks in importance alongside that of the Topkapi Saray Museum in Istanbul. The works range in date from the Umayyad period to the late-20th century spanning 1400 years of Islamic history and come from all over the Muslim world. They include scientific instruments, coins, manuscripts, paintings, textiles, photographs, prints and postcards, as well as rare printed books and historical documents. They have been collected with the aim of providing a comprehensive overview of the subject, illustrating the various religious and artistic aspects of pilgrimage to the holy cities of Islam and the cosmopolitan nature of hajj. This collection contains over 5000 objects including more then 300 textiles and many other related objects associated with Mecca and Medina.