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Ink, Silk and Gold: Medium and Meaning in Islamic Art - Curator’s Perspective
Ink, Silk and Gold: Medium and Meaning in Islamic Art – Curator’s Perspective Presented by Dr. Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Works of art such as a brightly colored coat, an ornate tombstone, or a handmade book are among the most tangible manifestations of Islamic culture. Because objects like these are most meaningful when put to use, understanding Islamic art requires considering what it might feel like to wear the coat, to carve the tombstone, or to stamp the manuscript with a seal of ownership. In this lecture, Dr. Weinstein will discuss how the materials employed in creating the treasures of Ink, Silk, and Gold offer a window into what it meant to make or use those objects, bringing to light their most potent features and exploring what they can teach us about Islamic societies.