The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery

18 April 2017–26 April 2020

Exhibition Overview

Ewer, Egypt, late 10th–early 11th century, rock crystal; 19th-century gold mount by Jean-Valentin Morel

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.”

(Photo: Ewer, Egypt, late 10th–early 11th century, rock crystal; 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–b)

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