“Power & Piety: Islamic Talismans on The Battlefield” Exhibition at The Met Fifth Ave

Inscriptions and images on Islamic arms and armor were believed to provide their wearers with safety and success in combat. This exhibition, featuring some 30 works from The Met collection, will examine the role of text and image in the construction and function of arms and armor in the Islamic world. Qur’anic verses; prayers that invoke Allah, the Asma al-Husna (99 Beautiful Names of Allah), as well as the Prophet Muhammad, his family, and companions; and mystical symbols were all used to imbue military apparel, weapons, and paraphernalia with protective powers.

Start Date

August 29, 2016

End Date

February 13, 2017


10:00 AM - 05:30 PM


Met Museum 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028

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