On display are dowry items, such as a pair of oversize golden bracelets from 11th century Syria, the famous and rarely exhibited Ardabil carpet, a gift from Shah Tahmasp to the shrine of his ancestor Shaykh Safi al-Din Ardabili, and diplomatic exchanges between rulers, such as the folio seen above, Shah Jahan Receives the Persian Ambassador, Muhammad Ali Beg. In addition to the vast range of gifts from Islamic territories across different eras, modern artists Sadegh Tirafkan, Shahzia Sikander and Ahmed Mater have been commissioned to create new work interpreting the theme of the exhibit.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m Sundays. Through January 16. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑639‑7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $3.50 to $7.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 23. Continues through Jan. 15, 2011