SOAS University of London

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

Rethinking about Injuid painting school: Inju style in context

Rethinking about Injuid painting school
Dr Roxana Zenhari

Date: 25 April 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 25 April 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract: The talk will focus on the expressive and enigmatic painting school, the Inju style (practised between 1307 and 1353 in Iran, Shiraz) and its relationship with Jawānmardi or fotowwa cycles. My previous study on the Inju illustrated romance Samk-e ʿayyār (Oxford, Bodleian library, Ouseley 379, 380, 381) provided an opportunity to work on an exceptional story whose main character, Samak, is a follower of Jawānmardi. Through iconography study and based on a contextual approach, I discussed a visual cipher distinguishing a true Jawānmard. The cipher is not only drawn in the mentioned manuscript, but according to my new findings it is represented in the most important illustrated manuscripts of the time, Jameʿ al-Tawārikh, the Great Mongol Shāhnāme, and the two Inju Shāhnāme manuscripts created in 1330 and 1333. This finding raises new questions needing a fresh investigation.

Convened by Professor Anna Contadini