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How to decode a manuscript: A close look at a Mughal book of poetry

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How to decode a manuscript: A close look at a Mughal book of poetry

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Saturday, May 14
10:00 a.m.–noon PT
Speaker: Marika Sardar, art scholar
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Folio from the Complete Works of Sadi India - Aga Khan MuseumIn museum collections with hundreds or thousands of objects, there are many treasures awaiting a curator’s detailed study. This lecture will introduce audiences to the process of curatorial investigation and publication, all through the example of a manuscript from the Aga Khan Museum that was made at the Mughal court in the early 17th century. With calligraphy by the famous scribe Abd al-Rahim al-Haravi (known as “Amber Pen”) and paintings by some of the top artists in the employ of Emperor Jahangir, this manuscript appeared to offer rich material for study. Further research then uncovered many unusual features that added to its intrigue, providing a good example of how a manuscript is studied, from dealing with centuries of changes to the physical object, to thinking about the text and its arrangement, and the selection of subjects for painting.


Please reserve your spot by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once you secure your place. Space is limited.

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Free for active South Asian Arts Council (renewed for 2021-2022) and SDMA members | $10 for all others


Sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council.


Featured: Folio from the Complete Works of Sa’di, India, ca. 1604 (Aga Khan Museum, AKM284.15)

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May 14, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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