Splendours of the Atlas: A Voyage Through Morocco’s Heritage


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An investigation of the multifaceted heritage of Islamic Morocco, revealing the forces that have shaped its unique identity to the present day

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As part of the Qatar-Morocco 2024 Year of Culture, Splendours of the Atlas will display historical artefacts, including manuscripts, ceramics, costumes and jewellery—many for the first time. This celebration of Morocco's heritage will highlight the significance of key cities like Fez and Marrakech in fostering religious scholarship and scientific advances, as well as the pivotal role crafts have played in the country’s identity.

Exhibition Highlights


Last juz’ (section) of a 30-volume Qur’an manuscript. Copied and illuminated by Ahmad ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Ibrahim. Morocco, possibly Marrakech. Saadian period, 1063 AH (1653 CE). Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper. Photo: © Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, MS.11.1999


Necklace (labba). Morocco, Rabat, Fez or Meknes. Alawite period, 18th-19th century. Gem-set enamelled gold with diamonds, rubies, sapphires. Photo: © Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, JE.3.1997


Necklace of the Aït Morghad, Aït Hdidou or Aït ‘Atta. Morocco, High Atlas, Draa Tafilelt or Lower Ziz Vallery. ‘Alawite period, 20th century. Carved amber. 55 x 14.5 cm, 48.5 x 21 cm, and 31 x 15 cm. Photo: © Qatar Museums, General Collection, PJM.ET.1309


Ceiling (izar). Morocco, possibly Meknes or Essaouira. ‘Alawite period, 19th century. Painted wood .309 x 307 cm. Photo: © Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, QM.2017.0368


Necklace (sansalt). Morocco, Western Anti-Atlas. ‘Alawite period, 20th century. Nielloed silver with coral, amazonite and amber beads. 33 x 26 cm. Photo: © Qatar Museums, General Collection, PJM.ET.1301

The exhibition will also feature a selection of contemporary photographs and artworks by Bruno Barbey, Irving Penn, Lalla Essaydi, Mous Lamrabat and Mounir Raji that capture aspects of the Moroccan landscape and everyday life.

Presented as part of the Qatar-Morocco 2024 Year of Culture