Art is on the move with less than a week to go before the Museum’s permanent gallery space dedicated to the long-term loan of the Keir Collection of Islamic Art opens on Tuesday, April 18. The largest public presentation of this renowned collection will feature works that range from rock crystal to metalwork, ceramics, textiles, carpets, and works on paper.
This month, a rotation of a few pieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art took place in the Spirit and Matter exhibition. Among the new pieces on display is a drinking vessel in the shape of a seated lioness. This is a rare piece that has survived intact from the 12th-13th century. It is decorated with strokes of vivid luster that shimmer like gold against a deep blue glaze. New metalwork pieces show a modernity of form such as a 9th-10th century jug with a feline head protruding from its handle and peeking inside the jug, or a 14th century casket that must have held precious items, itself displaying a richness of silver inlaid decoration. The choice of the new objects retains the musicality and harmony that was originally sought in Spirit and Matter, while at the same time augmenting its informative and educational texture.
Figurine of a Seated Lioness, 12th-13th century, Ceramic, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.349
Iran, Jug, 9th-10th century, bronze, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.62
Iran: Northwestern Iran, Casket, second half of the 14th century, brass inlaid with silver, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.86
The objects that have been replaced are among the loan that was granted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, for their upcoming exhibition, Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs, opening end of April 2016.
Sabiha Al Khemir is the Senior Advisor for Islamic Art at the DMA
Tomorrow Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art opens during our September fall block party Late Night. Huffington Post ranked it at #1 among “need to see” art shows this fall and it is a “Critic’s Pick” in The Dallas Morning News. This morning, exhibition curator and DMA Senior Advisor for Islamic Art Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir shared a sneak peek of the exhibition with national press.
Be among the first to see these intricately decorated objects spanning numerous centuries and continents tomorrow night and join Dr. Al Khemir for a talk on the works of art at 7:00 p.m.
Bowl, Egypt: Cairo, 11th–12th century, painted in luster on an opaque white glaze, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.266
Ewer, 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–b
Figurine of a bull, Iran: 12th–13th century, fritware, painted in luster on a blue glaze, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.350
Pendant, Egypt: Fatimid period, 11th century, metal, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.90