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Majmar Workshop at NMAfA

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More than 200 people learned about Oman and frankincense through the National Museum of African Art’s majmar painting workshop on July 22, 2015. The workshop is part of the museum’s ongoing partnership with Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center on the Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean project.

Workshop participants are shown examples of frankincense burners, or majmars, and paint their own while they learn about the significance of frankincense to Oman’s history and culture. The majmar is a traditional piece of Omani pottery, usually round or square, and painted with colorful designs. Frankincense, the sap of the frankincense tree grown in the southern Arabian Peninsula, is burned in the majmar as incense in homes and religious ceremonies. Its popularity helped make Oman an important stop on trade routes throughout the Indian Ocean, and the abundance of such a luxury good caused the region to become known as ‘Arabia Felix’ or ‘Arabia the Blessed’.  

Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa is a multi-year programming series that explores the historical, cultural, and artistic connections between Sultanate of Oman and the East African Coast. This project, a collaborative endeavor by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center and the National Museum of African Art, is funded through a $1.8 million gift from the Sultanate of Oman.

Posted By: N/A - Monday, 27 July, 2015 at 12:00 AM