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Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art at DMA

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.105

India: Mughal Silk Velvet “Summer ” Carpet, second half of the 17th century. Textile. Strainer/Stretcher dimensions: 124 × 103 × 1 1/2 in. (3 m 14.96 cm × 2 m 61.62 cm × 3.81 cm) The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.105

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has announced that Dallas-based oil and gas company Kosmos Energy has been named as the presenting sponsor of the Keir Collection of Islamic Art. $800,000 has been provided to support a forthcoming series of special exhibitions, gallery installations and loans of items from the collection to other US and international institutions.

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.49

Asia: Anatolia Silk and Metal Thread Brocaded Fragment, Ottoman, second half of the 16th century, Textile. 33 × 25 in. (83.82 × 63.5 cm). Strainer/Stretcher dimensions: 33 1/4 × 26 in. (84.46 × 66.04 cm). The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.49

The first exhibition funded by this endowment is opening on 18 September 2015, curated by Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir, the DMA’s Senior Advisor for Islamic Art. ‘Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art’ will showcase more than fifty masterworks from the collection, assembled over the course of five decades by the noted art collector Edmund de Unger (1918 – 2011). Named after the British mansion where it was once housed, and consisting of almost 2000 works that span 13 centuries, the rarely exhibited collection is on loan to the DMA for 15 years. ‘Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art’ will remain on display to July 2016.

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.90

Pendant, Egypt: Fatimid period, 11th century. Metal. Overall: 1 1/16 × 7/8 × 1/8 in. (2.7 × 2.22 × 0.32 cm). The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.90

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.4

Miniature painting: cup-shaped automaton, Egypt or Syria: North Africa, 715 AH/1315 AD. Work on paper. Sheet dimensions: 12 1/2 × 8 5/8 in. (31.75 × 21.91 cm). The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.4

 

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art

Tile with lustre-painted decoration, Iran, 12th-13th century. Ceramic. 17 1/8 × 13 1/2 × 1 inches (43.5 × 34.29 × 2.54 cm). The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.98

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art

Silk and Metal Thread Brocaded Fragment, Asia: Anatolia, Ottoman, second half of the 16th century. Textile. Overall: 48 3/4 × 26 3/4 inches (123.83 × 67.95 cm). The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.51

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art

Pictorial Silk and Metal Thread Brocaded Velvet Fragment, Asia: Persia, Safavid, circa 1600. Textile. Overall: 24 3/4 × 18 3/8 inches (62.87 × 46.67 cm). The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.44

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