LACMA permanent collection of Islamic Art is almost as impressive as Gifts of the SultanArt, Middle East & North Africa, Museums, Travel | Sandra | July 28, 2011 at 16:21
At LACMA, we visited the Gifts of the Sultan exhibit with an impressive collection of gifts either given by various Sultans of the Ottoman Empire to other crown heads, such as the Tsar of Russia, or received by them.
Photography was not allowed at the Sultan display. But just upstairs is the permanent LACMA (Los Angeles County Art Museum) collection of Islamic Art which has some very similar pieces, i.e. the Sultan’s signature, and certainly worth a visit.
Islamic art is usually non-representational, the exception being art in India and Persia which freely show the human form. The Persians and Moghul Indians also depict animal forms and exploit the floral motif in every way imaginable. The more strict Islamic worlds of the Middle East express their creativity through geometry and calligraphy depicting passages from the Holy Koran.
For moreÂ informationÂ of Gifts of the Sultan go to:Â www.lacma.org gifts-sultan-arts-giving-islamic-courts