The richly decorated façade of the early Islamic desert palace of Mshatta was presented as a gift from the Ottoman sultan to the German emperor in 1903, when it was trasported from the Jordanian desert to Berlin, where it now forms the centrepiece of the Museum für Islamische Kunst's collection, on show in the Pergamonmuseum. Its accession history began with a series of photographs of the façade which circulated among European archaeologists and art historians around the turn of the century and eventually also landed in the hands of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Photographs would also later play a pivotal role in the archaeological and museological study of Mshatta. Photographic records were made at several key moments in its recent history: before and during the facade's dismantling, after the structure was hit by a bomb in World War II, and during its subsequent restoration in the 1950s. Photographic documentation also formed the basis for recurring debates surrounding the facade's reconstruction and museum display.
The Mshatta Facade is about to be transported once again, as the Pergamonmuseum prepares for extensive renovation, and the Museum of Islamic Art now presents selected highlights from the remarkable photographic biography of this unique monument.
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