Throughout its history, the vast Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth had myriad contacts with the lands of Islam, and their splendid arts and crafts struck a chord with the tastes of the Poles. Through trade contacts and military conflicts magnificent carpets, silks and wall hangings, arms and armor, parade saddles, and other goods from Turkey, the Crimea, the Caucasus, and Iran filtered into the Commonwealth becoming prized and used objects in the homes of the nobility as well as the royal court. Splendid Near and Far Eastern decorative arts objects are on view in the exhibition. The most important is of a group of trophies taken during the Battle of Vienna (September 12, 1683) – the sweeping victory of the coalition of European armies commanded by King John III Sobieski of Poland over the Ottoman army led by Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa Pasha. The collection of East Asian porcelain is testimony to 18th-century Europe’s fascination with distant and exotic China and Japan.
The exhibition is located on the first and second floors of the Castle.