Shangri La Teach-ins
A sweeping introduction to Persian art from the 18th to early 20th centuries through the museum’s unique collection of artworks from the Qajar dynasty. Some of the items on display include a variety of colored glass ewers, several patterned ceramic bowls and plates, and a particularly striking shisha pipe decorated with Victorian-inspired imagery.
A fascinating introduction to Doris Duke’s recreation of a Damascene qa’a (reception room) traditionally found in 18th-century Ottoman courtyard homes. The qa’a consists of an ataba (waiting room for guests), tazar (seating area), and masab (a nook for cleansing hands). The whimsical story of the craftsmanship and design behind the marble floors of the gallery makes this room one of the most personal spaces renovated by Doris Duke.
An inspiring introduction to the exquisite tilework on display in the Central Courtyard at Shangri La. Inspired by Doris Duke’s 1938 trip to Iran, the tiles represent the Ilkanid Dynasty (c.1300), the Safavid Dynasty (c.1600) and the Qajar (c.19th – early 20th century) and Pahlavi Dynasties (c.1938-1939). The courtyard is considered the heart of the home, providing an opportunity to socialize.
A rare look at the Mihrab from the Varamin shrine, Iran. Dated 1265 and signed by the artist (Ali b. Muhammad b. Abu Tahir; notable family of potters from Kashan, Iran), this is one of the museum’s key works in the collection.