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    In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art

    Presented by at Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    January 31 - June 1, 2013


    In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art

    This special exhibition showcases some 150 works from the Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art. Largely unpublished and little known, the collection includes important objects from the Persian cultural sphere, such as luxury glazed ceramics of the early Islamic era, illustrated manuscripts of medieval epic poems, and lacquerware of the early modern era. Among the manuscripts are folios of the Shahnama, by Firdawsi, and the Khamsa, by Nizami. The accompanying catalogue, published by the Harvard Art Museums and distributed by Yale University Press, offers illustrated entries and nine essays written by distinguished scholars and conservation scientists from a broad range of specialties. Curated by Mary McWilliams, Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums.

    In Harmony marks the first time the museums are using an augmented reality app called Layar in the galleries. The free app, available for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, gives visitors access to audio, video, and web links for several objects on display.

    This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue have been made possible through the generous support of the late Stanford Calderwood.

    More about the exhibition and related programming at

    Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    485 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    Admission Info:

    Adults: $9
    Seniors 65 and over: $7
    College students with valid ID: $6
    Children under 18: Free
    Members: Free
    Harvard students and affiliates: Free plus one guest
    Cambridge Public Library cardholders: Free
    Massachusetts residents with valid ID: Free on Saturday, 10am–noon

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