Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands

December 18, 2017 - February 11, 2018
Recurring daily
1001 Bissonnet Street | Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 639-7300
Area of Town: Museum District

Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands features some 150 works of art from the 6th to the 19th century, on view publicly for the first time. The exhibition highlights the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iranian civilization.

Drawn from one of the most significant collections of Islamic art held in private hands, these objects are rarely displayed publicly. The works span a range of media, including carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, scientific instruments, and jeweled objects.

Among the extraordinary selection are exquisite miniature paintings from the Shahnama, the Iranian national epic; a range of historically significant ceramics; precious inlaid metal wares; finely woven silk fabrics; and a monumental silk carpet from the apex of Safavid dynasty carpet production.

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