Showcasing over a hundred spectacular objects from Morocco to China, Power and Protection is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world.
Within Islamic societies, people of all backgrounds have engaged in fascinating and sometimes controversial practices such as the casting of horoscopes and the interpretation of omens. The objects and works of art in this exhibition – which date from the 12th to the 20th centuries – have been used as sources of guidance and protection in both the private sphere and in dramatic events such as battles and royal births. Amongst the displays are astrological charts, dream-books, talismanic clothing and jewel-encrusted amulets.
This is an unmissable chance to see objects of breathtaking quality and astonishing scale, many of which have never been seen in public.
Introductory Exhibition Tours
3.30–4.15pm every Wednesday
Join an introductory tour of the exhibition to discover more about the works on display. Tours are free with the price of exhibition admission and no additional booking is necessary.
Visiting & Tickets
Timed tickets are in operation. Advance booking is advised, but tickets can be bought on the day of your visit at the Museum if tickets are available.
Tickets £11 Full Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*
£10 Concessions with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*
£10 Standard Full Price
£9 Standard Concessions
£5 12-17 years & Art Fund Members
*Gift Aid Tickets include an additional £1 voluntary donation allowing the Museum to reclaim tax on both the donation and the ticket price. More information is given on our booking pages. Standard ticket prices are shown below.
Entry to exhibitions is free for Ashmolean Members and for Under-12s.
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