Damascus Room Syria, Damascus, AD 1766–67/ AH 1180. Wood (poplar) with gesso relief, tin and brass leaf, glazes and paint, plaster with stone paste inlays, and multicolored stones. Installation: 609.6 × 457.2 × 365.76 cm. Conservation of the room was organised in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture; additional conservation support was provided by the Friends of Heritage Preservation(M.2014.33.1-.9). Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA


Sahar Al Amir is an Egyptian artist who has studied and received training both in Egypt and in Italy on a variety of mediums. Born in Alexandria in 1970, Al Amir produces abstract work that is multilayered. Each series she has produced is unique both in terms of themes and aesthetics, showing her great ability to continuously evolve and develop her work. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University where she studied graphic design. She has done additional studies and further training with the medium of engraving in Urbino, Italy. She has exhibited her works in multiple group and solo exhibitions both regionally and internationally including the Sapporo Biennial in 1995, the Takshand Biennial in 2002 and assorted art festivals in Senegal, Yemen and France.