This short film takes a brief look at the collective preparation it took multiple teams from both MIA and LACMA to host this wonderful exhibition about Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts at the Museum of Islamic Art.
Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts focuses on a practice shared by all cultures—gift exchange—and the delight in receiving gifts and satisfaction in performing acts of generosity. Bringing together over 200 objects associated with the great Islamic courts from Spain to India, this exhibition is the first systematic investigation of the impact of gift giving, for diplomatic to personal to pious purposes, on the development of Islamic art.
Made of rare and precious materials and commissioned from the best artists and craftsmen of the day, these gifts have “Life Stories” just under their surfaces, including narratives of intricate making, thoughtful sharing, and extensive traveling.
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