SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

A Corpus of Thirteenth-Century Brick Rum Seljuq Minarets

A Corpus of Thirteenth-Century Brick Rum Seljuq Minarets
Richard Piran McClary

Date: 8 February 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 8 February 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Seminar

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

Abstract: The aim of this talk is to give an overview of the distinctive and still poorly known corpus of brick minarets built by the Rum Seljuq rulers of Anatolia in the thirteenth century. The architectural aesthetic of Anatolia in the twelfth century was overwhelmingly horizontal, and it was not until the increased dominance of the Rum Saljuqs in the early years of the thirteenth century that some of the existing Great Mosques, mostly built of stone, had cylindrical brick minarets added. These tall thin minarets were in the mode of the earlier Great Saljuq minarets of Iran. As the century progressed the number of minarets increased, with most mosques featuring some sort of minaret by the middle of the century, but with this proliferation came truncation and diminution. Following an overview of the minarets added to Great Mosques, a number of smaller minarets in Konya will be addressed, after which some later examples in Bayburt, Afyon and Ankara will be discussed. The talk concludes with a study of the twin minarets built over the portals of madrasas in Sivas and Erzurum.

Convened by Professor Anna Contadini