Pergamon Museum to house Islamic treasures

The Pergamon Museum in Berlin has signed a long-term agreement to become the home of the Keir Collection of over 1,500 pieces of priceless Islamic art. The pieces were collected over the past fifty years by Hungarian-born property developer, Edmund de Unger. Upon his death, the collection will become the property of the museum.

The Keir Collection includes ceramics, textiles, miniature paintings, books, bronzes. Among the pieces is "a pocket-sized Persian book dating from the 15th century, which tells five epics by the great Persian romantic poet Nezami. It is illustrated with a picture of a group of horseback riders dressed in colourful tunics."