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Leslee Kathrina Michelsen, Joanna Olafsdotter. « Telling Tales: Investigating a Mina’i Bowl »

Compte-rendu réalisé par Iván Szántó
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Leslee Kathrina Michelsen, Joanna Olafsdotter. « Telling Tales: Investigating a Mina’i Bowl », in: David J. Roxburgh (ed.), Envisioning Islamic Art and Architecture. Essays in Honor of Renata Holod, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2014, p. 66-87, 14 figs. (Art and Archaeology of the Islamic World, vol. 2)

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1The ceramic bowl is analysed from the dual perspectives of art historian and conservator, and, as the authors claim, the article is the first result of a planned monographic survey of more mīnā’ī ceramics in Doha and elsewhere. Their assumption is that relatively well-known and apparently intact objects such as the one under consideration (known since 1931) have almost certainly underwent various interventions aimed to make them appear complete. While suspicion should be practised with regard to such wares, the authors prefer calling these objects restored as opposed to faked or forged, given that the added elements are part of the historicity of the object. Using UV-fluorescence examination and x-ray spectrometry, the bowl can be separated into several sherds, some of which are coming from completely unrelated objects and roughly fitted together. Once completed into an “intact” vessel applying adhesives, which came into use in the late 19th century, the decorative programme, the rather inept epigraphy, and the “narrative” of the figural sequence, were also completed. While the pictorial cycle, as a consequence of repeated interventions, cannot be interpreted as a coherent whole, it displays close parallels with the beaker in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, with its well-studied narrative programme illustrating the story of Bīžan and Manīža from the Šāhnāma of Ferdowsī.

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Iván Szántó. LesleeKathrina Michelsen et Joanna Olafsdotter, « Leslee Kathrina Michelsen, Joanna Olafsdotter. « Telling Tales: Investigating a Mina’i Bowl » », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 37-38-39 | 2018, document 12, mis en ligne le 10 mars 2018, consulté le 26 novembre 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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