Books that Bind: The Persianate Album and its Widespread Circulation in South Asia and Beyond

When:
March 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2021-03-18T17:00:00-07:00
2021-03-18T18:00:00-07:00

Between the late sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, manuscript workshops across South Asia created an astonishing number of albums known as muraqqa‘s, from the Arabic for “patched” or “mended.” In conception and organization, these stitched books drew from earlier album-making traditions associated with the Persian-speaking, or Persianate, courts of Iran and Central Asia, but their contents—encompassing drawings, paintings, calligraphies, and European prints—were far more global in orientation. This richly illustrated talk will trace the astonishing peregrinations of Persianate albums across South Asia and then finally to eighteenth-century London, where these highly prized objects found new owners and novel meanings.

Dr. Yael Rice is Assistant Professor of Art & the History of Art and of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College. She specializes in the art and architecture of South Asia and Greater Iran, with a particular focus on manuscripts and other portable arts of the 15th through 18th centuries.

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This event is sponsored by the Asian Art Council.

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Page from an album probably produced in Lucknow, India, during the eighteenth century, reputedly associated with Warren Hastings. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, overall page: 18 1/8 × 12 11/16 in. National Museum of Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., F1907.276.13v
Page from an album probably produced in Lucknow, India, during the eighteenth century, reputedly associated with Warren Hastings. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, overall page: 18 1/8 × 12 11/16 in. National Museum of Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., F1907.276.13v