The Iconography of Islamic Art

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748633678
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard O'Kane is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo.

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Table of Contents

1 Birds and blessings : a kohl-pot from Jerusalem 1
2 Remarks on the iconography of the medieval capitals of Cairo : form and emplacement 23
3 A Mongol envoy 45
4 Almoravid geometric designs in the pavement of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo 61
5 A kingly posture : the iconography of Sultan Husayn Bayqara 81
6 Musical beasts : the swan-phoenix in the Ibn Bakhtishu bestiaries 93
7 Cup, branch, bird and fish : an iconographical study of the figure holding a cup and a branch flanked by a bird and a fish 103
8 Islamic incense-burners and the influence of Buddhist art 127
9 Vine ornament and pomegranates as palace decoration in Anjar 143
10 Persianate trends in sultanate architecture : the great mosque of Bada'un 159
11 Silks, pots and jugs : Al-Jahiz and objects of common use 197
12 Khusrau Parviz as champion of Shi'ism? : a closer look at an early Safavid miniature painting in the Royal Museum of Edinburgh 201
13 'Waves of the sea' : responses to marble in written sources (ninth-fifteenth centuries) 211
14 The arboreal aesthetic : landscape, painting and architecture from Mongol Iran to Mamluk Egypt 223
15 The vicissitudes of Rustam 253
16 Made for the show : the medieval treasury of the Ka'ba in Mecca 269
17 A pictorial representation of the Hadith al-thaqalayn in an Ilkhanid copy of Bal'ami's Tarjuma-yi tarikh-i Tabari in the Freer Gallery 285
18 Style versus substance : the Christian iconography on two vessels made for the Ayyubid Sultan al-Salih Ayyub 309
Bibliography of Robert Hillenbrand's work 325
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