converging on the object: the Courtauld metal bag


Saturday, 10 May 2014
10.00 - 17.45 (with registration from 09.30), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

The Courtauld Metal Bag Metal bag, brass, inlaid with gold and silver, Mosul, ca 1300-30, Il-Khanid dynasty in Greater Iran and Iraq. The Courtauld Gallery, London.

Speaker(s): Dr. Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Dr. Alexandra Gerstein (The Courtauld Gallery of Art), Mrs. Diana Heath (Independent Conservator), Dr. Judith Pfeiffer (Oxford University),  Dr. Ruba Kana`an (The Aga Khan Museum), Professor Paul D. Buell (Max Plank Institute, Berlin), Dr. Ladan Akbarnia (British Museum), Ms. Jananne Al-Ani (London College of Communication).

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions). BOOK ONLINE. or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating your full name and ‘Converging on the Object’.

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld Institute of Art).

Further information: Converging on the Object: The Courtauld Metal Bag symposium is part of the Research Forum programming at the Courtauld Institute of Art and takes place toward the closing of the Courtauld Gallery of Art’s exhibition Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq, 20 February - 18 May 2014.

The Courtauld metal bag directs our attention to its materiality, the way it was made and the manner in which it connects a historical past to a vibrant visual present. It directs our attention to broad cultural geographies asking us to consider it through diverse scholarly and artistic disciplinary fields. The symposium Converging on the Object: the Courtauld metal bag brings together speakers who will reflect on their close study of the object itself and who will consider the evidence of transcultural thinking in the time and place of the bag’s making: the post-Mongol period of the Il-Khanid court culture in the early 14th-century Iran and Iraq. Papers on trade, material culture, food, fashions, art and social habits, belief systems, cultural and political circumstances of patronage are lenses through which we come to reflect on aspects of the cultural lives of the people of Damascus, Mosul, Baghdad and Tabriz — major urban centers during the reign of the Il-khanids and their neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean — as well as on the links with their Yuan-Mongol contemporaries in China.

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