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East Asian symbols are found in Islamic art and architecture since the Abbasid period (9th century CE), but have their meaning migrated with them?
First, the talk presents an overview of the reception of East Asian forms in art of the Islamic lands.
Second, it discusses certain unusual images in Islamic illustrated manuscripts that bear a striking resemblance to the East Asian symbol of the ‘Dark Warrior’ – an entwined tortoise and snake.
The talk inquires into the ways the ‘Dark Warrior’ was interpreted in Islamic book painting in the 16th century, and argues that much of its original meaning was received in the Islamic manuscripts.
Doors open at 11:30 am.
Bilha Moor is Assistant Professor of Islamic art at the University of Denver. Her PhD was awarded at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Her research concentrates on Islamic figurative painting, mainly illustrated manuscripts ca. 1300-1700, and on early Islamic Arabic inscriptions in architectural, historical, and religious contexts.
The Asian Art Association Noon Lecture Series is sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.
Imge courtesy of Dr. Bilha Moor.