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In pictures: Emirati collector’s majlis brings past to life

November 3, 2013

A 20th century hand-woven Ottoman tapestry with inscriptions of the different names of Allah. Sarah Dea/The National
A 20th century hand-woven Ottoman tapestry with inscriptions of the different names of Allah. Sarah Dea/The National
A 200-year-old Indian sword with intricate engravings and paintings engraved on it. Sarah Dea/The National
A 200-year-old Indian sword with intricate engravings and paintings engraved on it. Sarah Dea/The National
A a stainless steel suit of armour that dates back to the late 19th century and has Quran verses engraved on it with gold inlays. The armour cost $30,000. Sarah Dea/The National
A a stainless steel suit of armour that dates back to the late 19th century and has Quran verses engraved on it with gold inlays. The armour cost $30,000. Sarah Dea/The National
A 200-year-old Indian bow and arrow set made of Damascus metal. Sarah Dea/The National
A 200-year-old Indian bow and arrow set made of Damascus metal. Sarah Dea/The National
Inside this book-shaped box are 144 small precious stones - each with a chapter of the Quran engraved on it, says Mr Al Junaibi. It is a unique item from the early 20th century and sold at auction for US$20,000 (Dh73,000). Sarah Dea/The National
Inside this book-shaped box are 144 small precious stones - each with a chapter of the Quran engraved on it, says Mr Al Junaibi. It is a unique item from the early 20th century and sold at auction for US$20,000 (Dh73,000). Sarah Dea/The National
An original Sharjah dagger. Sarah Dea/The National
An original Sharjah dagger. Sarah Dea/The National
Various rare weapons. Sarah Dea/The National
Various rare weapons. Sarah Dea/The National
A 200-year-old Ottoman blessing robe Sarah Dea/The National
A 200-year-old Ottoman blessing robe Sarah Dea/The National
Copper pot with Quranic inscriptions on them. Sarah Dea/The National
Copper pot with Quranic inscriptions on them. Sarah Dea/The National
Andalusian scripts from the 6th-8th century. Sarah Dea/The National
Andalusian scripts from the 6th-8th century. Sarah Dea/The National

Emirati collector Salah Al Junaibi has an extraordinary collection in his private home museum. From ancient manuscripts to Ottoman Kaaba covers, ancient weapons to kangaroo skins, the 38-year-old entrepreneur began his collection as soon as he graduated from university in 1999.