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British Museum
Information The British Museum, founded in 1753, contains world-famous collections of antiquities from Egypt, Western Asia, Greece and Rome, as well as Prehistoric and Roman-British, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern and Oriental collections; Prints and Drawings; Coins, Medals and Banknotes.
City London
Web Site
Mailing Address Department of Oriental Antiquities
British Museum 
London WC1B 3DG
Phone 020 7323 8457
Working Hours Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. and 05:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Collections The collections include paintings and prints from all areas as well as antiquities and sculpture in all media. The collections of sculpture from the Indian subcontinent are the most comprehensive in Europe and include the world-famous Buddhist limestone reliefs from Amaravati. The Museum holds outstanding collections of Chinese antiquities, paintings and porcelain and a broad range of Islamic pottery, tiles, metalwork, glass, seals and inscriptions.



Victoria and Albert Museum
Information The world's finest museum of the decorative arts. Founded in 1852 to support and encourage excellence in art and design, it was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899 in honor of Queen Victoria. The magnificent building is home to 145 galleries, including the national collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion and textiles, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics, jewelry, books, prints and photographs.
City London
Web Site
Mailing Address Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Phone 44 [0]20 7942 2000
Working Hours Monday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. 05.45 p.m.
Wednesday Late View 06.30 p.m. 09.30 p.m.
Collections At The Indian and South-East Asian Department, the collection covers the arts of South and South-East Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Objects in all media are represented stonework, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, paintings, textiles, furniture and woodwork, lacquerware, etc.

At Metalwork, Silver and Jewelry Department, the collection includes a rich collection of Islamic metalwork, and collections of ironwork, Continental silver, arms and armor, enamels, brasswork, pewter and medieval metalwork of international importance. 

At Textiles and Dress Department, the collection includes the early Near Eastern silks, the Oriental carpets, lace, and European tapestries.



Egee Art Consultancy
Information Founded by Dale Egee, an art scholar with twenty year's experience of providing art for the Middle East. The team of skilled consultants at Egee Art draw on the resources of the gallery in London, the in-house Editions, and their contacts among international galleries, auctions and artists to find the perfect collection for private and public projects.
City London
Web Site
Mailing Address 9 Chelsea Manor Studios
Flood Street
London SW3 5SR
Phone 44 020 7351 6818
Working Hours Viewing by appointment. Click here to email the curator of Egee Art Consultancy
Collections This exhibit retains and represents contemporary works of Arab and Muslim artists. In addition to the contemporary pieces, the consultancy holds antique Middle Eastern oils and watercolors, lithographs, engravings, maps, calligraphy and textiles.
More recent developments have been Egee Editions, a range of limited run reproductions; as well as recasts of plaster carvings of the Alhambra and other masterpieces of Muslim architecture.



The Craven Museum
Information The Craven Museum has been filled with vibrant colors and patterns as it hosts a new traveling exhibition 'Calligraphy from the Muslim World'.
City North Yorkshire
Web Site N/A
Mailing Address The Craven Museum
Town Hall,
High Street,
North Yorkshire
BD23 1AH
Phone (01756) 706407
Working Hours Weekdays 01.30p.m. - 05.00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and Sundays
Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 04.00 p.m.
Collections Calligraphy plays a central role in Muslim cultures and this exhibition celebrates the beauty of the Arabic script. The wide range of materials on show means that there is something for everyone to enjoy, from the richly decorated furniture to elaborate textile wall hangings. Whilst some items are centuries old, there are also new works, some of which are computer generated. There is even a calligraphy table where younger visitors can get to grips with crayons and rubbing boards. 'Calligraphy from the Muslim World' runs from now until the 27th January 2001.



The Ashmolean Museum
Information The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a museum of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1683, it is one of the oldest public museums in the world.
City North Yorkshire
Web Site
Mailing Address Department of Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology
Oxford OX1 2PH
Phone 01865 278000
Working Hours Closed Monday.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm.
Sunday 12:00 noon - 05:00 pm.
Collections The Museum of Eastern Art was formed in 1949 as a subdivision of the Department of Fine Art, housed in the old Indian Institute which had maintained its own museum of Indian art since 1897. The transfer of these combined collections to the museum's own building, to form the Department of Eastern Art, provided large new opportunities. A series of generous benefactions provided roughly nine-tenths of the department's original holdings. 

The collections as a whole outstrip those of any other university museum, and in this country are surpassed only by those of the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert. Mention should be made of the unique collection of the Islamic pottery, mainly from the Barlow Collection, one of the most important outside the Islamic world; of the Chinese seals and ceramics from Eric North; and of the Islamic, Chinese and Japanese ceramics from Gerald Reitlinger.

The Indian (including Tibetan and South-east Asian) collections are also of international importance, and with the help of several benefactors have continued to grow around the nucleus of the Old Indian Institute collection; the Museum's earliest acquisition of a major Indian sculpture is recorded as long ago as 1686.

The Department mounts between six and eight exhibitions a year, some of them including international loans, as well as lending objects from the collections to exhibitions in Britain, Europe, the USA and the Far East.

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