Exhibition at Fitzwilliam Museum: Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh

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This exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge runs until Sun 9 January 2011. For those who are not able to visit in person, a virtual exhibition can be seen at http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/shahnameh/index.html. Divided into 5 sections examining different aspects of the Shahnameh, it includes images and detailed descriptions of 72 of the 104 exhibits. Events connected with the exhibition include: The Shahnameh and Persian Poetry With Professor Richard Davis, Ohio State University 8 December 2010 17:00 to 18:00. Admission Free. NB at the Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA …

Lasting Impressions: Seals from the Islamic World

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A travelling photographic exhibition from the British Library and the British Museum (Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) at the Ancient India & Iran Trust, 10.30am-3pm Monday-Friday, 24 November-8 December 2010 Curators: Annabel Gallop, British Library & Venetia Porter, British Museum Seals have functioned as symbols of authority from the earliest days of Islam. According to tradition, in 628 the Prophet Muhammad had a seal ring made of silver, carved with the words Muhammad Rasul Allah, ‘Muhammad is the Messenger of God’. Ever since, the inscription has been the main …

Visit to the Northern Silk Road Oasis Turfan

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Together with Nicholas Sims-Williams and Erica Hunter I recently attended the Turfan Forum on Old Languages of the Silk Road organised in Turfan, Xinjiang, by Academia Turfanica, the Turfan Museum and the Bureau of Cultural Heritage of the Turfan Region, 24-26 October 2010.  This was a first visit to China and Central Asia for me, providing a wonderful opportunity to meet Chinese colleagues and visit the sites we have all been working on for so long (Bezeklik, Khocho, Toyuq and Bulayik), up to now familiar only from the works of …

Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology Volume 3 (2008)

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Edited by Dr. Judith A. Lerner (New York) and Dr. Lilla Russell-Smith (Berlin) Guest editor: Ursula Sims-Williams Turnhout, Belgium: Produced by the Circle of Inner Asian Art for Brepols Publishers. ISBN 978-2-503-52804-5 Annual subscription print version: € 71 (inclusive shipping) Individual backlist volumes in print format: € 66 This volume, guest edited by Ursula Sims-Williams, presents a collection of papers on the history, archaeology and culture of the Kingdom of Khotan before 1000 AD. Articles by Zhang Guangda and Rong Xinjiang, Hiroshi Kumamoto, and Prods Oktor Skjærvø, are fundamental for …