A collection of Fatimid artefacts has arrived in Canada for a temporary exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum

A collection of Fatimid artefacts from Cairo arrived in Toronto on February 28 for inclusion in a temporary exhibition at the city's Aga Khan Museum.

The exhibition, titled The World of the Fatimids, will run from March 10 to July 2, 2018.  

According to the Aga Khan Museum, the exhibition marks the first time a carefully selected collection of masterpieces from the Fatimid dynasty are shown in North America.  Among the objects are monumental marble reliefs from the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, luxury objects ranging from rock crystal and ivory to ceramic lusterware — a technique mastered during Fatimid times — and masterpieces of metalware.

Drone videography and 360 virtual reality films conjure up Cairo, the Fatimids’ flourishing capital, and offer insight into what the city was like a millennium ago.

The World of the Fatimids bears witness to a remarkable dynasty that built one of the world’s oldest universities, compiled one of its greatest libraries, and fostered a flowering of the arts and sciences.  

At its height in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Fatimids established one of the greatest civilizations in the world, influencing knowledge and culture throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Near East.

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, works to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.