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Pearls on a string : artists, patrons, and poets at the great Islamic courts

edited by Amy S. Landau ; with contributions by Qamar Adamjee, Glaire D. Anderson, Sussan Babaie, Persis Berlekamp, Willem Flinterman, Bora Keskiner, Vivienne Lo, Paul Losensky, Mariam Rosser-Owen, David J. Roxburgh, Ünver Rüstem, Avinoam Shalem, Tim Stanley, Jo Van Steenbergen, Audrey Truschke, Wang Yidan.
  • Baltimore : The Walters Art Museum, 2015.
  • xi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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  • "Pearls on a String presents the arts of historical Islamic cultures by focusing on specific people and relationships among cultural tastemakers, especially painters, calligraphers, poets, and their patrons. Through a series of chapters, the book spotlights certain historical moments from across the Islamic world. Each chapter pivots around patrons and their social networks. These independent sections allow different voices and perspectives to emerge, enabling the reader to see that Islamic societies are not monolithic but made up of a tapestry of individuals with distinct and varying views. Pearls on a String pays particular attention to individuals from different sectors of society, giving voice to anonymous artists and translators, merchants, and women of the harem. Islamic historical sources reinforce the book's themes of writing in Islamic societies, artistic patronage, biographical traditions, and human"--Publisher.
  • Introduction / Amy S. Landau
  • Public works and public lives: biographical sources for patrons, writers, and artists in the premodern Islamicate world / Paul Losensky
  • What do inscriptions on objects do? Beyond calligraphy and textual history / Avinoam Shalem
  • Transcultural trends, personal desires, and collective agendas / Sussan Babaie
  • Great ladies and noble daughters: ivories and women in the Umayyad Court at Córdoba / Glaire D. Anderson, Mariam Rosser-Owen
  • Administering art, history, and science in the Mongol Empire: Rashid al-Din and Bolad Chengxiang / Persis Berlekamp, Vivienne Lo, Wang Yidan
  • Al-Nasir Muhammad and the formation of the Qalawunid State / Willem Flinterman, Jo Van Steenbergen
  • Art and literature in Timurid Herat, 1469-1506: the life and times of Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi / David J. Roxburgh
  • Reimagining the "Idol Temple of Hindustan": textual and visual translation of Sanskrit texts in Mughal India / Qamar Adamjee, Audrey Truschke
  • Man, mode, and myth: Muhammad Zaman ibn Haji Yusuf / Amy S. Landau
  • Armed and splendorous: the jeweled gun of Sultan Mahmud I / Bora Keskiner, Ünver Rüstem, Tim Stanley.
Other information
  • "This publication accompanies the exhibition Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. Exhibition dates, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, November 8, 2015-January 31, 2016; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, February 26-May 8, 2016"--Colophon.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Eisenhower copy 2: Gift of Walters Art Museum; FY2016.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds from the Hodson Trust; FY2016.
  • 9780295995243
  • 0295995246
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2015014472
  • OCLC: 907495394
  • OCLC: 907495394