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Stories from the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Stories from the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Glass Flowers

Stained Glass windows in the Central Courtyard, Shangri La. Photograph: Elyse Butler, 2022

Did you know the windows in Shangri La’s Central Courtyard light up at night? This incredible photo by Elyse Bulter captures the vividness of the colored light shining through the stained glass windows during an evening event.

Original 19th century Ottoman Stained Glass window in the Introductory Gallery, Shangri La.
Nicholas Kaleikini, talented #8x8_shangrila_23 artist and wonderful human, on the sax.
Photograph: Elyse Butler, 2022.

The windows in the Central Courtyard are replicas of a pair of original 19th century Ottoman windows in the Introductory Gallery at Shangri La.

The photo above shows how brilliant the stained glass appears during the day when the natural light shines through. The windows depict a vase overflowing with blue tulips, red carnations, and yellow peonies with smaller vases and floral motifs in the surrounding arch.

Learn more about those windows, and the rest of our collection, right here in our immersive online collection. You can browse artworks currently on view, as well as those not on view.

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