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Persian Art

Image-making in Eurasia

Edited by Yuka Kadoi


Explores the pictorial, material and technological richness of the Persian world

In this illustrated book, nine contributors explore multifaceted aspects of art, architecture and material culture of the Persian cultural realm, encompassing West Asia, Anatolia, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Europe. Each chapter examines the historical, religious or scientific role of visual culture in the shaping, influencing and transforming of distinctive ‘Persian’ aesthetics across the various historical periods, ranging from pre-Islamic, medieval and early modern Islamic to modern times.

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Preface and acknowledgements

List of Illustrations


Note to the Reader

1. The Visual Culture of Greater Iran: Some Examples of Kushano-Sasanian Art, Judith A. Lerner

2. The Late Sasanian Figurative Capitals at Taq-i Bustan: Proposals Regarding Identification and Origins, Matteo Compareti

3. Architecture of the Wider Persian World: From Central Asia to Western Anatolia in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries, Richard Piran McClary

4. From Acquisition to Display: The Reception of Chinese Ceramics in the Pre-modern Persian World, Yuka Kadoi

5. Devotion and Protection: Four Amuletic Scrolls from Safavid Persia, Tobias Nünlist

6. The Minarets of Hurmuzgan, Iván Szántó

7. Persia, India or Indo-Persian? The Study of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Knotted Pile Carpets, Raquel Santos

8. The Calligraphic Art of Mishkin Qalam, Francesco Stermotich-Cappellari

9. The Kashan Mihrab in Berlin: A Historiography of Persian Lustreware, Markus Ritter



About the Author

Yuka Kadoi, PhD, is a historian of Islamic and Asian art. She is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Persian Art: Image-making in Eurasia (EUP, 2017).

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