Islamic Art Museum – History Monuments & Precious Artifacts Exhibition
Islamic Art Museum Malaysia was established in December 1998 as a response to the rapid growth of interest in Islamic Art. Following by the prestigious moment, Malaysia has proudly become home of Southeast Asia’s prominent museum dedicated to being the custodian, collector, preserver and educator of Islamic Art.
The Islamic Art Museum Malaysia houses more than 9,000 artefacts ranging from the tiniest piece of jewellery to one of the largest scale models of Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.
Our journey in Islamic Museum starts at China Gallery which testifies to the active trade between Chinese Muslim and the courts within the Islamic World; The Safavid, Qajar, Ottoman, and Acheh Sultanates through refined work of pottery
This is a great section to learn the great influence of Islam to China through the Ancient trading system.
Sino Islamic Porcelain Brush Pot from Qing Dynasty 19th Century AD
Imari Ewer with Metal Mount from Qing Dynasty 18th Century AD
Canton Famille Rose Dishes of ZILL – I Sultan from China 1879-80 AD
Cloisonne Enamel Vase, Incense Tool and Box from China late 19th Century AD
Cloisonne or Enameling is a technique whereby a variety of colour glasses pastes were placed within pattern shaping cells made of copper or bronze wires that have been soldered to metal.
Cloisonne Enamel Box and Vase from China late 19th Century AD
Cast Bronze Bottle and Incense Burner from China Qing Dynasty 1815 AD
The rich heritage of Indian subcontinents is reflected in this gallery through vibrant miniatures, rich blade weapons as well as silver and Bihar ware.
This is a great section to learn Indian ancient culture and influence of Islam to Indian Royal’s Family.
AL-Qurán from Kashmir 19th Century AD
Jade Hilted Katar from Mughal India 18th Century AD
Rock Crystal Hilted Dagger from Mughal India 18th Century AD – Daggers with small decoration all around it, guess still only the rich and famous can afford at the time.
Cast Bronze Ewer from Deccan India 16th Century AD – Such beautiful and sharp carvings workmanship!
Jade Qurán Stand, Jade Dish, Jade Saucer, Jade Tray and Jade Pouring Vessel from Mughal India 18-19th Century AD
The Khanti Necklace is a masterpiece enamelled gold set with diamonds from North India 1850-75 AD
The featured necklace is set with diamonds in Kundan Technique (Royal Specialty) and Polychrome Luminous enamel decoration on the reserve. The hanging pendant, in the form of a peacock, a symbol of beauty and grace, adds a three-dimensional element to the design.
Carved Toe Knob Sandals (Paduka) from Mughal India 19th century AD – Seems legit but not sure if will have sore foot palm after walking some distances (with so many carvings on the surface) 😉
Carved Ivory Back Scratcher from India 17th century AD – Looks so elegant but not sure if will see blood during scratching moment 😉
Mother of Pearl Casket from Gujarat India 17th century AD – The whole casket uses only pearl slices to stick and assemble, every women’s dream box until this decade!
Carved Wooden Throne from Mughal India 18th Century AD
A carved and lacquered wooden throne produced in India for a young prince, possibly placed within a private palace and was used for ceremonials events.
The throne displays calligraphic panel divided horizontally praising the prophet and companions in Urdu. The decorative repertoire includes flowers, parrots, and vegetal scrolls, attests to the superb workmanship of Indian woodcarvers.
Random pantings around the India Gallery which reflects daily life in the past ancient times.
Malay World Gallery
The Malay World Gallery displays the influence of Islam on Malay arts depicted in textiles such as Limar, weaponry such as Keris and household decoration, as well as a special highlight on Malay Wedding Tradition
This is a great section to learn about our Tradition Malay History from every aspect.
Khatib’s Chair which is made from silver and leather was presented by the Indian government to YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj, the first prime minister of Malaysia.
It was used by the Imam (prayer leader) at the National Mosque, Malaysia.
Gold and Silver Buckle Malay Peninsula 20th Century AD – which is used as a decoration on men’s waist especially Sultan.
The Royal Qurán from Terengganu 18th Century AD
Qurán Box from Terengganu 18th Century AD
Keris dagger from Malay Peninsular 19th Century AD – A tradition Malay dagger used to self-defence at the ancient time in Malay Society.
Tumbuk Lada Dagger from Malay Peninsular 19th Century AD – A small hidden dagger camouflage as a hair decoration and used while in danger for Malay Women, don’t mess with the girls! 😉
Arms & Armour Gallery
The Arms & Armour Gallery shows an aesthetic symbol of power, demonstrated through ornamented firearms and edged weapons, as well as armours in the forms of chain mails and helmets.
This section is a great place to learn about firearms and armour which is used to be the top notch in the world in the old days.
The Ottoman Sword from Constantinople Turkey 19th Century AD – The decoration and carvings on the sword direct determine ranking/status the owner would be.
Full Steel Armour Set from Iran 18-19th Century AD – A combination of steel and leather in this armour is good to reduce overall weight on the armour while having high resistance in artillery attacks.
Bronze Shield and Standard (Panji) from Ottoman 18th Century AD – Shield for blocking attacks while Standard (Panji) used in troop formation during wars.
Bronze firearm from Ottoman 19th Century AD – Need to reload with gunpowder after each shooting, very long in size and not sure if one person can handle it.
The Gun Powder Box from Ottoman 19th Century AD – A container which is used to store gunpowder which has a small hole on the tip for fast reloading.
A picture which roughly illustrates Islamic country has the strongest Military Power in the ancient times – If you are fighting one of them with bare sword and shield then your 100% dead meat 😉
Jewellery Gallery displays the opulent art of jewellery making from both precious and semi-precious stones on personal ornaments to household items using remarkable techniques such as filigree and enamels.
This section has the best sight view on ancient jewellery art and of course shiny things!
Gold Tiara from Morocco 18th Century AD – A rich jewelled Moroccan Tiara which is well decorated with emeralds and other precious gemstones.
The Gold Tiara has an inscription “al-izza li’llah wa li’rasulihi” in the middle meaning “honour belongs to God and his messenger”.
Gold Earrings from Qajar Iran 19th Century AD
Gold Pendant Set from Qajar Iran 19th Century AD
Another Masterpiece necklace which consists of turquoise and gold floral rosette from Qajar Iran 19th Century AD.
This necklace is comprised of ten turquoise stone which connecting with each other using enamel gold rosette spacers, the inscription inside the stone is inlaid with gold. The Nasta’liq Inscription recall popular devotional phrases dedicated to a special and important individual.
Textile Gallery exhibits early Islamic textile fragments, as well as sumptuous fabrics employed in furnishing and costumes with decorative techniques such as embroidery and weaving.
This section showcases mainly textile used during silk road era, you can learn how unique embroidery and technique at that time from a various Islamic country.
Embroidered Women’s Headdress from Central Asia 18th Century AD
Linen Talismanic Shirt from Turkey 16th Century AD – Seems like a normal linen shirt but you will get astounded while look closer into it, very unique pattern goes everywhere around the shirt.
Saddle with Stirrups and Hooded Robe from Morrocco 20th Century AD – Very elegant and looks like only the noble people can afford to wear one.
The art of pottery in the gallery is portrayed through the exquisite technique such as Cuerda Seco and Iznik, as well as reflection of Islamic arts on ceramics produced in the European world.
In this section, you can have a glance at the art and beauty of pottery during ancient times, some of the pottery art is unique that even modern technique cant achieve.
Ceramics pieces for the wall from 19th Century AD – a neat piece of artwork and have a very clear 3D view.
Do you think this is a drawings? This is actually a large piece of ceramics combined in a total of 24 small pieces from 19th Century AD.
A Pair of Enamelled Flask (Mamluk Style) from German 19-20th Century AD
Lobmeyr Dish from Austria 19th Century AD – Imagine using this artwork on our lunch table! 😉
Qurán & Manuscript Gallery
The development and the emergence of different Arabic script styles are highlighted in this gallery through the display of the earliest Quránic folios on vellum to the most exquisitely illuminated Qurán inscribed by distinguished calligraphers.
In this section, you can learn the development of Arabic words from early to late century.
Qurán from 19th Century AD
Genealogy from Central Asia 19th Century AD
Qurán Book Holder 19th Century AD
Qurán Scroll to Repousse Scroll Holder from Baroda North India 18th Century AD – This is the exact long scroll when the King or God’s messenger opens and read thru the content in those ancient movies.
The Ottoman Period Damascus Room – The room identifies itself as qaá by being the largest and most lavishly decorated room in the house and usually faces the south to take advantage to the winter sun. The room is divided into three section and can be recognized by its vault arches. The division is composed of a middle area called ataba. The areas furtherst and closest from the view are called tazar and are where the main quests would be seated.
Map of the Holy Land from Dutch Republic 16th Century AD
Map of the Holy Land from France 17th Century AD
The gallery features the architecture of mosques and mausoleums from around the Islamic world. They testify to the grandeur and diversity in the design of Islamic architecture, highlighting few of the renowned Muslim architects.
In this section, you can learn a variety design of Mosque from different countries.
The Mosque at Daxue Xi Lane (The Western Great Mosque) from Xián China 7th Century AD
Taj Mahal from Agra India 17th Century AD, the imperial Mughal Tomb, the Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan, in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque) from Isfahan Iran 17th Century AD
Qubba Mosque from Medina Saudi Arabia 20th Century AD
The Sacred Mosque (Al Masjid Al Haram) from Mecca Saudi Arabia 7th Century AD
Masjid Bibi Khanum from Samarkand Uzbekistan 15th Century AD
The Art of Mosque
Busy observing displayed artefacts on the racks? Do raise your head up and look beneath the dome where the great architecture in the museum lies within.
Each museum section has a different size and pattern of the dome (looks extremely beautiful after 5 pm when the light is on).
Islamic Art Museum is definitely the best place to spend at least a half day (if you wish to go thru every section) to learn everything about Islamic Art by having a closer look at the artefact and understand the history behind it.
The admission fees for Islamic Art Museum:
- Adult RM12.00 | Children RM6.00
By KTM Komuter
Stop at the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and walk towards Masjid Negara. The Islamic Art Museum is located right behind the Masjid Negara.
By Taxi or Uber Grab Car
The simplest way is by taxi. You can alight at the main entrance.
Address: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.
Open Hour: 10.00 am – 06.00 pm (Mon-Sun), Including Public Holiday.