This seminar by our colleague, Dr Richard McClary, is the eighth in the History of Art Research Seminar Series 2016 - 2017.
Richard is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. His teaching and research focuses on Islamic art.
His book Rum Saljuq Architecture of Anatolia 1170-1220 will be published later this year by Edinburgh University Press. His current research focuses on the development of Qarakhanid funerary architecture in Central Asia.
Mina'i: Gilded Polychrome Ceramics of Kashan and the Birth of Persian Painting:
Richard will be talking about a type of medieval Islamic glazed ceramics from Kashan in Iran called mina'i (enameled) wares. They are well known but poorly understood, and represent the earliest surviving examples of Persian painting, dating to the second half of the twelfth century. As an overglaze painted technique, many examples in museums have been faked or heavily restored, so his research relies primarily on excavated sherds.
In a forthcoming article (in Persica), he has reassessed the understanding and approach to this type of wares, and is currently working on a major monograph on the topic. This paper forms part of that research. There will be a discussion of the previously unidentified categories of the wares which he has developed, as well as an overview of the rise in the interest in collecting and displaying mina'i in the early decades of the twentieth century.
The event is free and open to all.