Ornament, a key feature of Islamic art, is the focus of an exhibition opening Friday in the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College.

“Cosmophilia: Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen” showcases more than 120 pieces, several of them being shown in the United States for the first time.

“Cosmophilia” means “love of ornament,” and the show’s thematic organization is designed for accessibility and optimal viewing of decoration in both secular and religious works. Its scope is wide ranging, with pieces created in a variety of media, techniques, and time periods.

The exhibition will run through Dec. 31 at the museum, in Devlin Hall on the BC campus, 140 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill. An opening reception will be held on Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Free admission.

For information, call 617-552-8100 or visit www.bc.edu/artmuseum


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