The Gift Tradition in Islamic Art Linda Komaroff

Publication date:
16 Apr 2012
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160 pages: 267 x 241mm
70 color illus.
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The offering of gifts - state, religious and personal - is a practice nearly as ancient and widespread as human culture itself. At courts throughout the Islamic world, the exchange of lavish gifts intimately linked art with diplomacy, religion and personal relationships. This beautifully illustrated book explores the complex interplay between artistic production and gift-based patronage by discussing works of great aesthetic refinement that were either commissioned or repurposed as gifts.

By following the unique histories of certain artworks, Linda Komaroff reveals how the exchange of luxury objects was central to the circulation, emulation and assimilation of artistic forms both within and beyond the Islamic world. She adds a new dimension to the understanding of Islamic art and culture from the eighth to the fifteenth century. It is distributed for the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha. This catalogue accompanies an exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, between 19 March - 2 June 2012.

Linda Komaroff is curator of Islamic art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.