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‘Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road’, Dallas Museum of Art

Drawn from Dallas Museum of Art’s collection and currently on show, ‘Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road’ has been extended until 18 August 2019. It showcases fine examples of garments and ornamental hangings from India, Central Asia, China, and Japan.

‘Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road’ highlights the passage of luxury goods along the Silk Road between eastern Asia, India, and other countries including Uzbekistan. This historical trade route led to an interchange of arts and crafts from the Mediterranean to India and the Far East. The garments on show range from a Japanese fireman’s coat to an Indian sari and a Chinese dragon robe.

Detail of a Coat (chapan), early 20th century, silk and cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Sally R. and William C. Estes, 2005.70

Detail of a Coat (chapan), early 20th century, silk and cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Sally R. and William C. Estes, 2005.70

Detail of a commemorative hanging, mid 19th century, silk, metal wrapped yarns, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift in honor of Joe B. Blakey, 1982.78

Detail of a commemorative hanging, mid 19th century, silk, metal wrapped yarns, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift in honor of Joe B. Blakey, 1982.78

Detail of a short coat: dragons and auspicious symbols, late 19th century, silk and metal-wrapped yarn, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Betty Ann Walter and Ruth Walter Benedict in memory of Ethyl Walter and Gladys Walter, 1993.70

Detail of a short coat: dragons and auspicious symbols, late 19th century, silk and metal-wrapped yarn, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Betty Ann Walter and Ruth Walter Benedict in memory of Ethyl Walter and Gladys Walter, 1993.70

Detail of a sleeved garment, 1930–1950, cotton, silk, satin, Dallas Museum of Art, lent by Carolyn Williams Marks, Harriet Williams Peavy, and Suzanne Williams Nash, 18.2011.18

Detail of a sleeved garment, 1930–1950, cotton, silk, satin, Dallas Museum of Art, lent by Carolyn Williams Marks, Harriet Williams Peavy, and Suzanne Williams Nash, 18.2011.18

Also on display are masterworks of Islamic art from the Keir Collection, currently on long-term loan to the Dallas Museum of Art. Ranking among the finest private collections of Islamic art in the world, the collection includes important textiles and carpets. A new rotation of Keir Collection pieces was installed on 30 March 2019. On view now are the earliest known surviving medieval playing cards, a selection of works with representations of dragons and phoenixes, and a section of drawings of dervishes from Iran. There is also a section on Qur’an manuscripts that focuses on patronage, calligraphy and the layout of the qur’anic text, alongside a selection of rare Iranian carpet fragments, and a new display of Safavid-era ceramics from Iran.

Every four months, the Keir Collection presentation is refreshed with a new selection of rare manuscripts, book paintings, textiles, carpets, and other organic materials.

Detail of a quilt (kantha): tree of life, c. 1910–1920, cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Alta Brenner in memory of her daughter Andrea Bernice Brenner-McMullen, 1996.177

Detail of a quilt (kantha): tree of life, c. 1910–1920, cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Alta Brenner in memory of her daughter Andrea Bernice Brenner-McMullen, 1996.177

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