“The Three Fishes” (Kalila wa Dimna)

‘Marvellous Creatures’ exhibition

“This exhibition focused on the real and mythical animals that appear in the legends, tales, and fables of the Islamic world. Divided into the natural quadrants of earth, air, fire, and water, these marvellous creatures introduce timeless stories such as the well-known and beloved classics: Shahnameh, Kalila wa Dimna and 1001 Nights.” Link to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).

Tactile, layered, and themed in colour palettes, the illustrations were used in many capacities: 8 m x 5 m wall lengths, sewn at stuffed creatures, used in the wallpaper pattern, added into the labels, and incorporated into the exhibition book and accompanying souvenirs. The Marvellous Creatures exhibition hit a record number of museum visitors at 84 000. 

“Sam, Zal, and the Simurgh” (Shahnameh)




Posted by:Charlene Kasdorf