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Ars Orientalis: Recent Issues

Volume 42

The current issue of Ars Orientalis, volume 42, features articles based on papers presented at the Second Biennial Symposium of the Historians of Islamic Art Association. Held in October 2010, Objects, Collections, and Cultures brought curators, art historians, and other specialists from across the globe to the Freer and Sackler Galleries for three days of presentations. With nearly twenty essays, this volume also includes a corresponding website with additional content: a new scientific examination and analysis of the Freer Battle Plate, and three essays on the cinema of the Middle East. This expanded volume also marks the first printing of Ars Orientalis with color illustrations.

A few highlights of the issue include May Farhat’s essay on the Lebanese collector Henri Pharaon’s collection and its significance, and Barbara Karl’s essay on the Habsburgs’ collecting of Islamic art in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Several iconic pieces from the Freer collection, including the Freer Canteen and the mina’i battle plate, are the focus of detailed studies. Other articles examine manuscripts ranging in date from the tenth through eighteenth century, originating from Spain to India. Together this assemblage of new research provides a snapshot of how objects from the Islamic world are being studied and understood at this moment in the history of the field.

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Massumeh Farhad and Marianna S. Simpson

Oleg Grabar and the University of Michigan
Margaret Cool Root

The Art of the Object
The Language of Objects in the Islamic World: How We Translate and Interpret It
Lisa Golombek

Objects As Paradigms and Enigmas
A Poetic Vessel from Everyday Life: The Freer Incense Burner
Metzada Gelber

Saracen or Pisan? The Use and Meaning of the Pisa Griffin on the Duomo
Lamia Balafrej

Text and Paintings in the al-Wasiti Maqamat
Bernard O’Kane

Objects as Documents
Between Astrology and Anatomy: Updating Qazwini’s ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat in Mid-Sixteenth-Century Iran
Karin Rührdanz

Patron and Craftsman of the Freer Mosul Ewer of 1232: A Historical and Legal Interpretation of the Roles of Tilmidh and Ghulam in Islamic Metalwork
Ruba Kana’an

An Artuqid Candlestick from the al-Aqsa Museum: Object as Document
Hana Taragan

Fit for the Court: Ottoman Royal Costumes and Their Tailors, from the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century
Bahattin Yaman

Cultures of Collecting
A Mediterraneanist’s Collection: Henri Pharaon’s “Treasure House of Arab Art”
May Farhat

On the Crossroads: Objects from the Islamic World in Habsburg Collections in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
Barbara Carl

The Album of Ahmed I
Emine Fetvacı

Cross-Cultural Connections
The Gulistan of Sa‘di Attributed to Yaqut al-Mustaşimi and Its Multiple Identities: From the Mongols to the Mughals and Beyond
Nourane Ben Azzouna

Mughal Interventions in the Rampur Jami‘ al-tavarikh
Yael Rice

Bible Illustration in Tenth-Century Iberia: Reconsidering the Role of al-Andalus in the Leon Bible of 960
Krysta L. Black

Close Encounters in the Freer
The Freer Canteen, Reconsidered
Heather Ecker and Teresa Fitzherbert

Event and Memory: The Freer Gallery’s Siege Scene Plate
Renata Holod

A Silver “Stand” with Eagles in the Freer Gallery
Lawrence Nees

Volume 41

We are pleased to announce that Ars Orientalis 41 is now available. Starting with former Freer curator Jim Cahill’s Freer Medal presentation, this volume reads like a guided tour of the arts of the East. Authors Kim Besio and Lai-Pik Chan explore Chinese cultural norms and assumptions through artwork, looking to explain ideas of love and insect iconography, respectively. Renowned scholar Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt writes on sixth-century East Asian architecture, looking at religious and funerary art in Japan, China and Korea. Building on the research of Margaret Cool Root (featured in Ars Orientalis 28 and 32), author Jennifer Finn explores issues of kingship in the Achaemenid Empire through a close analysis of inscriptions. Additional articles by Tülün Değirmenci, Leslie Wallace, and Shih-shan Susan Huang round out this issue with thematic focuses on the Ottoman Empire, the Eastern Han, and Song dynasties.

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In Defense of the Visual
Reflections on an Illustrious Career
James Cahill

The Sixth Century in East Asian Architecture
Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Betwixt and Between
Depictions of Immortals (Xian) in Eastern Han Tomb Reliefs
Leslie V. Wallace

Women, Authentic Sentiment, Print Culture and the Theme of “Inscribing a Poem on a Red Leaf” in Ming and Qing Literature and Art
Kimberly Besio

Media Transfer and Modular Construction
The Printing of Lotus Sutra Frontispieces in Song China
Shih-shan Susan Huang

Jade Spiders and Praying Mantises of the Western Zhou Period
Reconstructing an Ancient Cultural Mindset
Chan Lai Pik

An Illustrated Mecmua
The Commoner’s Voice and the Iconography of the Court in Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Painting
Tülün Değirmenci

Gods, Kings, Men
Trilingual Inscriptions and Symbolic Visualizations in the Achaemenid Empire
Jennifer Finn

Volume 40

From Chinese paintings to Indian caves, Volume 40 of Ars Orientalis takes a wide-ranging look at Asian art history. Four of the issue's eight articles concern painting, investigating the iconography of the sparrow in the art of Tang-Song China (Bo Liu), two different groups of Indian works (Cathleen Cummings and Laura Parodi), and three 17th-century Ottoman manuscripts (Emine Fetvaci). Painted imagery is also the subject of Hsu Wen-Chin's study of the decoration of Chinese porcelain. Robert deCaroli's work examines the function of the visual imagery in the caves of Ajanta and its potential impact on the intended audience. A well-known but poorly understood 17th-century textile, the Marcy-Indjoudjian Cope, has been meticulously studied by Vrej Nersessian. Finally, the Freer Gallery itself is the subject of Ingrid Larsen's study of Charles Lang Freer as a collector of Chinese painting.

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“Don’t Send Ming or Later Pictures”: Charles Lang Freer and the First Major Collection of Chinese Painting in an American Museum
Ingrid Larsen

Illustrations of Romance of the Western Chamber on Chinese Porcelains: Iconography, Style, and Development
Hsu Wen-Chin

Deciphering the Cold Sparrow: Political Criticism in Song Poetry and Painting
Bo Liu

 “The Abode of a Nàga King”: Questions of Art, Audience, and Local Deities at the Ajaåæà Caves
Robert DeCaroli

Composition as Narrative: Sāhībdīn’s Paintings for the Ayodhyākaṇḍa of the Jagat Singh Rāmāyaṇa
Cathleen Cummings

The Marcy-Indjoudjian Cope
Vrej Nersessian

Enriched Narratives and Empowered Images in the Books of Ahmed I
Emine Fetvacı

Two Pages from the Late Shah Jahan Album
Laura Parodi

Volume 39

Globalizing Cultures: Art and Mobility in the Eighteenth Century

Volume 39, guest-edited by Nebahat Avcıoğlu and Finbarr Barry Flood. Framed by an extensive introductory essay, the volume brings together seven articles addressing various aspects of the movement of cultural forms (dress, landscape, and book illustration, among others) in Europe and Asia during the eighteenth century. Authors include Tülay Artan, Chanchal Dadlani, Elisabeth A. Fraser, Anton Schweizer, Avinoam Shalem, Kristel Smentak, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, and Mercedes Volait.

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Introduction: Globalizing Cultures: Art and Mobility in the Eighteenth Century
Nebahat Avcıoğlu and Finbarr Barry Flood

A Roomful of Mirrors: The Artful Embrace of Mughals and Franks, 1550–1700
Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Looking East: Jean-Etienne Liotard, the Turkish Painter
Kristel Smentek

Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Princesses as Collectors: From Chinese to European Porcelain
Tülay Artan

Translating Visions: A Japanese Lacquer Plaque of the Haram of Mecca in the L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum, Jerusalem
Anton Schweizer and Avinoam Shalem

The “Palais Indiens” Collection of 1774: Representing Mughal Architecture in Late Eighteenth-Century India
Chanchal Dadlani

“Dressing Turks in the French Manner”: Mouradgea d’Ohsson’s Panorama of the Ottoman Empire
Elisabeth A. Fraser

History or Theory? French Antiquarianism, Cairene Architecture, and Enlightenment Thinking
Mercedes Volait

Volume 38

Theorizing Cross-Cultural Interaction Among Ancient and Early Medieval Visual Cultures

This groundbreaking volume focuses on critical moments of exchange in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean, Central and Western Asia, and China. Six articles consider a range of sites and media, moving between sweeping analysis of diplomacy, trade, empire, and religion and close study of specific local conditions. Together they help clarify whether and how objects were incorporated into visual cultures. Guest edited by Matthew P. Canepa, the theme of this volume was originally explored in a panel at the 2008 annual meeting of the College Art Association.

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Theorizing Cross-Cultural Interaction Among Ancient and Early Medieval Visual Cultures
Matthew P. Canepa, Guest Editor

Are there hybrid visual cultures? Reflections on the Orientalizing Phenomena in the Mediterranean of the Early First Millennium BCE
Nassos Papalexandrou

Naturalizing the exotic: On the Changing Meanings of Ethnic Dress in Medieval China
Kate A. Lingley

The space between Locating “Culture” in Artistic Exchange
Bonnie Cheng

Distant displays of power: Understanding Cross-Cultural Interaction Among the Elites of Rome, Sasanian Iran, and Sui–Tang China
Matthew P. Canepa

Foreign vesture and nomadic identity on the black sea littoral in the early thirteenth century
Costume from the Chungul Kurgan
Warren T. Woodfin, Yuriy Rassamakin, Renata Holod

Patterns of flight: Middle Byzantine Adoptions of the Chinese Feng Huang Bird
Alicia Walker

Volume 37

Current Directions in Yuan Painting revisits the work of Yuan period artists in light of dramatic changes in the field of Chinese art history over the past two decades. Articles by ten distinguished scholars study individual works of art, the historiography of Yuan painting in Chinese intellectual traditions, and recent art history. This volume’s theme grew out of a 2006 conference at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

The Yuan "Revolutionary" Picnic: Feasting on the Fruits of Song (A Historiographic Menu)
Jerome Silbergeld

From The Clear and Distant Landscape of Wuxing to The Humble Hermit of Clouds and Woods
Joseph Chang

Fit for Monks' Quarters: Monasteries as Centers of Aesthetic Activity in the Later Fourteenth Century
Marsha Weidner Haufler

Shifting Paradigms in Yuan Literati Art: The Case of the Li-Guo Tradition
Maxwell K. Hearn

Changing Media: The Transmission of Images in Yuan Painting
Uta Lauer

Fashioning Identities in Yuan-Dynasty Painting: Images of the Men of Culture
David Ake Sensabaugh

Yuan Period Tombs and Their Inscriptions: Changing Identities for the Chinese Afterlife
Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

The Elegiac Cicada: Problems of Historical Interpretation of Yuan
Eugene Wang

De-centering Yuan Painting
Richard Vinograd

I Don't Believe in the Literati But I Miss Them: A Postscript
Robert E. Harrist, Jr.

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