Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art at Shangri La

A selection of doors, tile panels, paintings, a table, a mirror, a rosewater sprinkler, a painted ceiling, a brocade, a water pipe, and a pair of earrings from the collection of The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA). This collection was assembled over a period of nearly 60 years by Doris Duke (1912–93), an American philanthropist.

Collection Highlights

Collection Details

  • History

    Duke’s Honolulu home, Shangri La, houses her collection of Islamic art. The first purchases were made in 1935 when Duke was 22, and the last major piece was acquired in 1992, a year before her death. Numbering approximately 2,500 objects, the collection is broad but not encyclopedic in its representation and includes works of art from Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Central Asia, India and parts of Southeast Asia. The later centuries of production (c. 1600–1940) are better represented, and ceramics, metalwork, wood, glass and textiles are favored over the arts of the book and works on paper. The collection ranges from items of the finest artistic quality – including medieval Persian tilework and painted interiors from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Damascus, to ethnographic objects, such as leather saddles and a bedouin-style tent. Artwork produced during the Qajar period in Iran (1779–1924)—as well as the periods immediately preceding it, Afsharid (1736–96) and Zand (1750–94)—constitutes the largest dynastic corpus in the DDFIA collection. The collection is rich in media—wood, glass, enamel, ceramics, metal, paper, canvas—and includes a range of artworks: carpets, hangings, doors, windows, chairs, tables, tilework, manuscripts, wall and ceiling paintings, washing and storage vessels, boxes, jewelry, and clothing fabric. For further information on Shangri La, visit: http://www.shangrilahawaii.org

  • Dates ca. 1600-1940
  • Last Edited 10 May 2017
  • Record Number 1272
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