Pieces of gold: piecing together a mutilated Timurid masterpiece

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Shiva Mihan
Monday, 9 March, 2020 - 17:15
Weston Library Lecture Theatre

Monday 9 March 2020

Weston Library Lecture Theatre, at 5.15 p.m.

SHIVA MIHAN (Harvard Art Museums/Bahari Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries)

Pieces of gold: piecing together a mutilated Timurid masterpiece

To be followed by a drinks reception in the Blackwell Hall

Manuscripts produced in the fifteenth century under Timurid patrons are among the most exquisite examples of Persian book-art. Codices containing sumptuous illuminations and lavish illustrations attracted the mutilating attention of album-makers and art dealers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This paper provides evidence of such practices in a unique treasure from Prince Baysunghur’s library – the Rasayil copied in Herat in 830/1427. 

This presentation will share the results of an in-depth codicological analysis of the manuscript (known as the Berenson Anthology) and the textual study of its treatises, along with research into other collections and archives, and will bring together some of the missing pieces and provide a digital reconstruction of the original manuscript.



(please note that the venue and title of this lecture have been altered since the publication of the Society's programme card)