LACMA Presents International Exhibition of Islamic Art, Gifts of the Sultan

artwork: Cameo, India, 17th Century. Sardonyx with enameled gold setting, 2 5/8 x 2 7/8. - Bibliotheque nationale de France, Cabinet de Medailles, Paris.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts, a major international loan exhibition, which explores Islamic art through the universal tradition of gift giving. Many of the most spectacular and historically significant examples of Islamic art can be classified as gifts, a number of which have been brought together for the unique purpose of this exhibition to demonstrate the integral and complex nature of gift exchange in the Islamic world. Organized by LACMA with support from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Gifts of the Sultan spans the eighth through nineteenth centuries and features more than 250 works of art representing a rich variety of media from collections in America, Europe, and the Middle East. Following its presentation at LACMA (June 5th-–September 5th), Gifts of the Sultan travels to the MFAH (October 23rd-–January 15, 2012).