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Treasures of the British Museum 12 Nov 2009
Work by Leila Shaw - image courtesy of the British Museum
Islamic Art

The next in our series looking at treasures in the British Museum. Unusually, today’s piece is modern - a painting which was created in 1989 - 'The Hands of Fatima' by Laila Shawa. The Museum has a policy of continuing to acquire contemporary works, and this piece came to them when they held an exhibition of art from the Middle East. It’s not on display at the moment, so Louise Adamson joined Dr Venetia Porter who’s Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Collections behind the scenes at the museum.

Laila Shawa
The British Museum

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