The World of the Fatimids
This exhibit bears witness to a dynasty that built one of the world's oldest universities, compiled one of its greatest libraries and fostered a flowering of the arts and sciences. At its height in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Fatimids influenced knowledge and culture throughout the Mediterranean, Europe and the Near East. The exhibition marks the first time a carefully selected collection of masterpieces from the Fatimid dynasty are shown in North America. Among the objects are monumental marble reliefs from the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, never before shown abroad; luxury objects ranging from rock crystal and ivory to ceramic lusterware—a technique during Fatimid times—and masterpieces of metalware. Drone videography and 360-degree virtual reality films conjure up Cairo, the Fatimid's flourishing capital, and offer insight into what the city was like a millennium ago.