21 September 2012
Last updated at 01:36
The Louvre, the celebrated art museum in Paris, has opened a new wing dedicated to Islamic art. The dragonfly-shaped space is covered by an undulating roof.
The new wing is the most significant addition to the museum since its iconic glass pyramid 20 years ago.
France's new President, Francois Hollande (left), was on hand to open the wing. He called it a "political gesture in the service of respect for peace".
Saudi billionaire Prince Waleed bin Talal (C), seen here at the Louvre with his wife Princess Amira al-Taweel (L) and Azerbaijan's first lady, Mehriban Aliyeva, contributed 17m euros (£13.6m; $22m) to the new wing, which cost nearly 100m euros.
This dagger with a horse-head hilt comes from 17th-Century Mughal India. Carved from jade, it is decorated with rubies, emeralds and gold.
One of the oldest objects on display is this wooden door leaf from the caliph's palace in Samarra, in what is now Iraq.
A ewer from 11th-Century Cairo looks like it is made of glass but is in fact rock crystal. The Fatimid caliphs considered the material "dynastic".
The Monzon lion, a bronze fountain spout, is believed to have been made in al-Andalus, a part of Spain then under Muslim rule, in the 12th-13th Century.
Louvre director Henri Loyrette said the galleries aimed to showcase "the radiant face of a civilisation".