The Iconography of Islamic Art

The Iconography of Islamic Art

by Bernard O'Kane
     
 

ISBN-10: 0748633677

ISBN-13: 9780748633678

Pub. Date: 03/13/2008

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

"The search for meaning in Islamic art is of enduring interest. This book explores the iconography of Islamic art and presents a diverse range of approaches." "Despite this variety, there is an overarching theme - the linking of the interpretation of objects to textual sources. This results in a collection of in-depth studies of motifs as diverse as the peacock, trees…  See more details below

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"The search for meaning in Islamic art is of enduring interest. This book explores the iconography of Islamic art and presents a diverse range of approaches." "Despite this variety, there is an overarching theme - the linking of the interpretation of objects to textual sources. This results in a collection of in-depth studies of motifs as diverse as the peacock, trees, and the figure holding a cup and branch. In addition, new interpretations are presented of other objects, such as an Abuyyid metal basin or Mongol paintings." Professor Robert Hillenbrand's writings on Islamic art and architecture cover a wide range, from the seventh to the nineteenth centuries, and from Spain to India. The multiplicity of approaches to the search for meaning in Islamic art, as presented in this volume, mirrors the broad range of his scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748633678
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Birds and blessings : a kohl-pot from Jerusalem1
2Remarks on the iconography of the medieval capitals of Cairo : form and emplacement23
3A Mongol envoy45
4Almoravid geometric designs in the pavement of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo61
5A kingly posture : the iconography of Sultan Husayn Bayqara81
6Musical beasts : the swan-phoenix in the Ibn Bakhtishu bestiaries93
7Cup, branch, bird and fish : an iconographical study of the figure holding a cup and a branch flanked by a bird and a fish103
8Islamic incense-burners and the influence of Buddhist art127
9Vine ornament and pomegranates as palace decoration in Anjar143
10Persianate trends in sultanate architecture : the great mosque of Bada'un159
11Silks, pots and jugs : Al-Jahiz and objects of common use197
12Khusrau Parviz as champion of Shi'ism? : a closer look at an early Safavid miniature painting in the Royal Museum of Edinburgh201
13'Waves of the sea' : responses to marble in written sources (ninth-fifteenth centuries)211
14The arboreal aesthetic : landscape, painting and architecture from Mongol Iran to Mamluk Egypt223
15The vicissitudes of Rustam253
16Made for the show : the medieval treasury of the Ka'ba in Mecca269
17A pictorial representation of the Hadith al-thaqalayn in an Ilkhanid copy of Bal'ami's Tarjuma-yi tarikh-i Tabari in the Freer Gallery285
18Style versus substance : the Christian iconography on two vessels made for the Ayyubid Sultan al-Salih Ayyub309
Bibliography of Robert Hillenbrand's work325

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