Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art has contributed approximately 800 images of Islamic and South Asian art from the collection at Shangri La to the Artstor Digital Library.
The selection in Artstor presents Indian jewelry and enamels; Syrian, Indian, Spanish, and Persian furniture, doors, and ceilings; Persian and Turkish tile panels and ceramics; and Central Asian, Persian, Turkish, and Indian textiles.
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shangri La is a center for Islamic arts and cultures set in the former home of philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993) and based on her collection of Islamic art. Duke built Shangri La in 1937, designing the house in collaboration with architect Marion Sims Wyeth. Beginning in 1935, Duke made many trips to Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, India, and other countries. In addition to purchasing artifacts during her travels, Duke also commissioned art from contemporary Muslim artists. She was particularly interested in decorative arts of the 17th through 19th centuries, especially those of the Ottoman, Mughal, Safavid, and Qajar dynasties. Many of these objects are integrated in the structure of the house itself. Over the course of nearly 60 years, Duke amassed approximately 3,500 objects, dating from 1500 BCE through the 20th century CE.
Shangri La is owned and supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA). The DDFIA is one of three operating foundations supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Shangri La has been open to the public since 2002.
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