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Sussan Babaie. « The Sound of the Image / The Image of the Sound: Narrativity in Persian Art of the seventeenth Century », in : Cynthia Robinson, ed., Seeing Things: Textuality and Visuality in the Islamic World. Princeton Papers, Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 8 (2001), pp. 143-162.

Robert McChesney

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1The author suggests alternate ways to “read” single-sheet paintings and other complex artistic representations involving text and image. She begins with a Safavid wine bowl dated to 1620-21, the shape of which as well as its textual inscriptions, decoration, and figural representations she sees as combining to produce a complex of meanings. This in contrast to earlier metalware on which text often refers only to the function of the object. What provokes this study, however, is an album page, a collage of two images ascribed to Riḍā ʽAbbāsī and a line of text which the author sees as promoting a “linguistic response” from its audience. That is, its elements, perhaps removed from their original context, serve to engender “sounds” in the ear of the observer, speaking to a complex of cultural values and memories not so evident to those outside that context.

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Robert McChesney, “Sussan Babaie. « The Sound of the Image / The Image of the Sound: Narrativity in Persian Art of the seventeenth Century », in : Cynthia Robinson, ed., Seeing Things: Textuality and Visuality in the Islamic World. Princeton Papers, Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 8 (2001), pp. 143-162.”Abstracta Iranica [Online], Volume 26 | 2005, document 276, Online since 07 December 2005, connection on 21 June 2024. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/2487; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/abstractairanica.2487

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