Inaugural lecture, Islamic Art and Material Culture Collaborative (IAMCC), Toronto. Nov. 7
Tiles that tell Persian Tales--the Safavid Tile Arch Project of the Royal Ontario Museum
Lisa Golombek, Curator Emeritus, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Venue: Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto (Jackman Building, room 530)
In 1976 the ROM acquired two large Safavid arched panels composed of colourful glazed square tiles: a royal picnic and a heroic dragon-slaying scene. Recently, The Safavid Tile Arch Project (Lisa Golombek and Robert B. Mason) decided to delve further into their history. They found that there are at least another 24 such pictorial arched panels representing a wide range of subjects (e.g., Shahnameh, Nizami, Jami, Safavid history and daily life), some yet to be identified. Stylistically, they date the tiles to c. 1680, the reign of Shah Sulayman. In this talk, Lisa Golombek will present their research and discuss the issues that have yet to be resolved—who commissioned these tiles, when and for what building, and why were these images chosen.
The Islamic Art and Material Culture Collective (IAMCC) is a new collaborative research network based in Toronto that brings together the capacities and resources of the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Aga Khan Museum. The aim of the IAMCC is to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research on Islamic art and material culture, support a joint student internship program, host monthly talks and research seminars and present a high-profile annual visiting lecture.