On a Tinned Copper Bowl and Designs on Paper

On a Tinned Copper Bowl and Designs on Paper Linda Komaroff Synopsis: This presentation explores a deluxe tinned copper bowl at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which dates from the Timurid period (1370–1506). Its inscribed Persian verses offer a first-hand account about the making of such objects, especially their elaborate and highly…

The Bobrinski Bucket

The Bobrinski Bucket Ruba Kana’an Synopsis: This presentation explores the rich iconography of the Bobrinski Bucket, made in the city of Herat in 559 AH / 1163 CE. It examines the inscription styles and figural scenes that decorate the surface of the bucket, and also explores the twelfth-century innovations in metalwork inlay and decorative techniques…

Islamic Arms and Armor: Dhu’l Fiqar, ʿAli’s Miraculous Sword

Islamic Arms and Armor: Dhu’l Fiqar, ʿAli’s Miraculous Sword Rachel Parikh Synopsis: According to legend, during the Battle of Uhud against the Meccans in 625, the Prophet Muḥammad presented Dhu’l Fiqar, a bifurcated sword imbued with preternatural powers to ‘Ali. The sword is arguably the most important weapon in the Islamic world, and is regarded…