Sunday, 1 April 2018

Islamic Chinoiserie: The Art of Mongol Iran

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; Reprint edition (30 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1474437206

The Mongol invasion in the thirteenth century marked a new phase in the development of Islamic art. Trans-Eurasian exchanges of goods, people and ideas were encouraged on a large scale under the auspices of the Pax Mongolica. With the fascination of portable objects brought from China and Central Asia, a distinctive, hitherto unknown style - Islamic chinoiserie - was born in the art of Iran. Highly illustrated, Islamic Chinoiserie offers a fascinating glimpse into the artistic interaction between Iran and China under the Mongols. By using rich visual materials from various media of decorative and pictorial arts - textiles, ceramics, metalwork and manuscript painting - the book illustrates the process of adoption and adaptation of Chinese themes in the art of Mongol-ruled Iran in a visually compelling way. The observation of this unique artistic phenomenon serves to promote the understanding of the artistic diversity of Islamic art in the Middle Ages.

Key Features 
  • Covers various media of decorative and pictorial arts from Iran, Central Asia and China Deals with a diverse range of issues related to the East-West artistic relationship in the Middle Ages 
  • Features in-depth studies of style, technique and iconography in Iranian art under the Mongols 
  • Includes 125 illustrations, 24 in colour

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