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GE-50041-08Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning GrantsLos Angeles County Museum of ArtGifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts6/1/2008 - 5/31/2009$40,000.00Linda Komaroff   Los Angeles County Museum of ArtLos AngelesCA90036-4504USA2008Art History and CriticismAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning GrantsPublic Programs400000400000

Planning for a traveling exhibition, catalog, website, symposium, and educational and public programs examining pre-modern Islamic patterns of gift-giving.

This pan-Islamic exhibition spans the 8th to 19th centuries and includes approximately 175 works of art from 3 continents. It explores gift-giving, an integral part of the social fabric of the pre-modern Islamic world that signified power, expressed political aspirations, or meant to obtain salvation. Its importance is demonstrated through the numerous and nuanced Arabic and Persian words for gift, which can specify the hierarchical relationship of the benefactor and the recipient, as well as by a genre of Arabic literature on gifts and rarities. An Islamic exhibition of this scope, with objects of the highest quality and aesthetic appeal, has never before been undertaken in the U.S. It will premiere at LACMA from December 19, 2010 to March 27, 2011 and will travel to one perhaps two venues in the U.S. Through these beautiful and diverse works of art, visitors will discover the rich traditions from which this art emerged and gain a better understanding of the nature of Islam itself.