Handwritten Qurans, Persian miniatures on display as part of the Hungarian avocado collection


TEHRAN (IQNA) – A Hungarian lawyer developed an interest in art, including Islamic arts, and collected various works, including handwritten Qurans and Persian miniatures.

Due to its diversity, Islamic arts have long drawn attention in museums around the world. Some museums have dedicated a special hall to Islamic arts and many use these works of art to strengthen their position.

Interest in Islamic works is not limited to state museums, as private collectors pay special attention to them as well.

Edmund Robert Anthony de Unger was one of those private collectors who collected several works of Islamic art.

He was born in 1918 in Budapest. His father was a private carpet collector and a relative had designed the Hungarian National Museum.

In 1934 he left for London to learn English and soon entered the Kiel Institute for the World Economy to study economics. He also studied law at the University of Budapest and history at Hertford College, Oxford.

He created Keir Collection in London which is one of the best collections of post-war Islamic art. The collection was bequeathed in 2008 to the Pergamon Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin. The arrangement to keep the collection ended in July 2012 and now the collection is housed by the Dallas Museum of Art from May 2014 on a 15 year revolving loan.

In his collection, one can find two luxury handwritten Qurans dating from around six centuries ago and decorated with gold. There are also several works of Persian miniature in the collection.


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