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Mshatta is a beautiful facade that the Ottoman Sultan of Jordan gave in 1903 to the German emperor. The gift was transported from Jordan to Berlin and is now the centrepiece of the Pergamon Museum.
This 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.
Archaeologist took pictures which played a central role before and after the dismantling of the monument. Those photographs helped also when later it was hit by a bomb in World War II or restored in the 1950s.
Now, 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.