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Near Eastern Art

Among the inaugural exhibits at the Huntington Museum of Art when it opened in 1952 was one that displayed the collection of Islamic prayer rugs that had been collected by Herbert Fitzpatrick. This initial venture into Near Eastern culture was greatly expanded upon in the 1990s when Drs. Joseph and Omayma Touma gave a large collection of works and later funded the construction of a special gallery to showcase the work of artists and craftsmen from the region. The collection includes pottery, glass, weaponry, furniture, metalwork, textiles and other decorative objects, and is displayed in a gallery that features elaborately carved and inlaid woodwork that was custom-made for the space by craftsmen in Damascus, Syria.

Near Eastern Decorative Arts

Safavid Tiles

Safavid Tiles, Iran, Safavid Dynasty, Safavid, 17th century. Earthenware; Overall: 37 1/2" x 28" (individual tiles 9 1/4" square). Gift of Drs. Joseph B. and Omayma Touma, 1997.18A-L.


Bowl, Nishapur, Iran, 10th-11th centuries, Underglaze-painted earthenware; Overall: 3 3/8" x 7 7/8". Gift of Drs. Joseph and Omayma Touma and family, 2000.10.35.


Helmet, Iran, Qajar, second half of 19th century. Steel damascened with gold and silver; Overall: 18 1/8" x 7 1/16". Gift of Drs. Joseph and Omayma Touma and family, 2000.10.69.


Rug, Turkoman, ca. 1875. Wool; Overall: 69" x 36". Gift of Herbert Fitzpatrick, 1952.103.

Near Eastern Sculpture

Bust of Isis

Bust of Isis, Egypt, Roman, 10 B.C.-40 A.D. Terracotta; Overall: 10 7/8" x 6" x 2 1/4". Gift of Drs. Joseph B. and Omayma Touma, 2004.3.8.