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Islamic art showcased at museum
17th century table from Mughal India
A 17th century jewelled table from India is one of the show's highlights
An exhibition of Islamic artworks, many of which have never been seen outside Russia, will be staged at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh in July.

About 200 works from as far afield as Egypt and China, dating from the eighth to the 19th Centuries, will be showcased at the four-month event.

The artefacts are part of the State Hermitage Museum collection in St Petersburg.

The exhibition will feature metalworks, textiles, ceramics, glass and jewels.

Last year, the Royal Museum staged an exhibition of art from the reign of the Russian Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra, which was also part of the Hermitage Museum's collection.

'World class'

This summer's show, called Beyond the Palace Walls, will coincide with the year-long Festival of Muslim Cultures in Britain.

Dr Gordon Rintoul, director of the national museums of Scotland, said the Russian museum's Islamic collection was "one of the most extensive and respected in the world".

"I am delighted that we are consolidating our relationship with the State Hermitage Museum by showcasing a major exhibition of Islamic art from their world class collections," he added.

The event's centrepiece will be an 18th Century tent from the Ottoman empire which visitors can enter.




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