The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery

April 18, 2017 to April 26, 2020 | Focus I Gallery
Oil Lamp in the Form of a Fabulous Beast, Iran, 12th–13th century, bronze, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.496Ewer, Egypt, late 10th–early 11th century, Rock crystal; carved; 19th-century gold mount by Jean-Valentin Morel, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.1.a–bKhamsa of Nizami, c. 1585–90, Mughal, work on paper, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.18Bowl, Iran, 13th century, ceramic, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.718The "Homberg Ewer", Syria, 1242, brass inlaid with silver, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.82Manuscript, Turkey, c. 1605–1610, work on paper, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.575

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery is the largest public presentation in the history of one of the world's most important private collections of Islamic Art. The gallery will highlight particular strengths within the collection, which encompasses one of the most important holdings of luster pottery and rock crystals in the world including the celebrated rock crystal ewer, one of only seven in the world of its caliber and the only one of its type in the United States. The gallery space will display a series of rare manuscripts and painted miniatures of exquisite beauty, including a 16th-century Indian Khamsa of Nizami manuscript, and pages from the 1330 Shahnama known as “The Demotte Shahnama.”

The Keir Collection came to the DMA on a long-term loan agreement with the trustees of the Keir Collection that was finalized in 2014, transforming the Museum into the third largest repository of Islamic art in the United States.

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Late Night Artist Talk: Soody Sharifi

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Soody Sharifi is an American-Iranian artist who works with photography, painting, and collage to explore the experience of living between two distinct cultures. Join Sharifi for a talk about her recently acquired painting Courtly Love in the DMA’s collection. 

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Late Night Talk: Global Style: Muslim Modest Fashion Today

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Join Jill D’Alessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, for a talk about Muslim fashions past and present and the intersections of cutting-edge contemporary design and modest dress. 

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