Ink, Silk, and Gold:

Islamic Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Friday, May 19, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ink, Silk, and Gold features great works of Islamic art from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Never before presented in a dedicated exhibition, this collection covers virtually all aspects of Islamic art in almost all media, ranging from the 8th to the 21st century and from Spain to Indonesia. Through silver inlaid metalwork, Qur’an pages inscribed with gold, brocaded velvets, luster-painted ceramics, and more, it offers a window into many different facets of the dynamic and complex artistic traditions of the Islamic world. More than 130 years after the MFA began collecting Islamic art, the objects presented in Ink, Silk, and Gold have been comprehensively studied, restored, and shared with museum audiences across the United States. 

The exhibition, which is accompanied by a catalogue, is arranged chronologically and regionally to introduce viewers to the rich world of Islamic art. Within this framework the exhibition emphasizes the material aspects of the objects, proceeding from the notion that meaning in Islamic art is rooted in the substance of an object – its color, shape, and texture. Drawing upon the results of state-of-the-art scientific analyses and conservation treatments, the exhibition encourages visitors to explore the unique and expressive material presence of Islamic art.

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.




Advisory Committee

Dr. Parvez Ahmed; Ms. Nancy Broner; Islamic Center of Northeast Florida; OneJax; Sabeen Perwaiz; Mobeen H. Rathore, MD; Alex Sivar; The Atlantic Institute; The Jacksonville Public Library 


Host Committee

Yousif Abubakr and Manar Ahmed; Dr. Parvez and Savana Ahmed; Aasif and Shehnaz Bagdadi; Martha and Tom Baker; Mr. and Mrs James G. Baldwin; Ms. Caroline Brinton; Ali and Nayla Chahlavi; Elizabeth Lovett Colledge; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Greene; Dr. Naeem and Naeema Haider; Nadia Amin and Dr. Ajmal Hameed; Jan Hirabayashi; Mr. Hank Holbrook and Mrs. Pam D. Paul; Dr. Ahmad and Yamna Irfan; Marty and Dick Jones; Yazan and Dima Khatib; Dr. Ragu Murthy and Priyanka Murthy, Esq.; Dr. Zahir and Zakia Sarwar; Mr. Shakil and Tahera Saulat; Mr. Khwaja and Sheema Shaik; Alex Sivar and Santi Sekarsanti; David and Elaine Strickland


Exhibition Supporters

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Tunstill; Mr. and Mrs. William L. Colledge; Mr. and Mrs. Matthew C. Crews


Exhibition Season Presenting Sponsors

Ameris Bank; City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; Robert D. and Isabelle T. Davis Endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; The Schultz Family Endowment; State of Florida


Exhibition Season Sponsors

The Director’s Circle at the Cummer Museum; Carl S. Swisher Foundation, Inc.; Wells Fargo; Mr. Ryan A. Schwartz


Ponce de León Society         

Fleet Landing


Talks & Tea Lecture Series

Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc. 


Tapas Tuesdays                    

VyStar Credit Union


In-Kind Sponsors

Agility Press, Inc.; DoubleTree Jacksonville Riverfront; Mussallem Galleries; Wingard Creative