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Compendium of Chronicles

A Compendium of Chronicles

By Sheila Blair. London: Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, c1995.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

The Compendium of Chronicles, written during the 14th century by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (1247-1318) is considered the first world history. It was written for the Mongol Ilkhanate in Persia. It covers not only the history of the Mongols but major events occurring in China and Europe. This scholarly study by Sheila Blair examines a version of the original manuscript by looking at pages owned by the Khalili Collection and by the Edinburgh University Library. The Compendium was lavishly illustrated and is of great significance for the study of Ilkhanid manuscript painting. Dr... Read More
Henry Tanner - Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water

After Whistler

New Haven: High Museum of Art, c2003.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Travel to Paris was a prerequisite for aspiring American painters of the late nineteenth century. Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), an African American painter born in Pittsburg, was among the throng of artists to journey there. Tanner decided to become a painter at the age of thirteen after seeing an artist painting outdoors in a park in Philadelphia. In 1897, Tanner enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied under Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). By 1891, he had arrived in Paris and enrolled in the Académie Julian, his study funded by Atlanta-based patrons Bishop... Read More
Al Thani Collection

Beyond Extravagance

New York, NY: Assouline, 2013.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

This catalog highlights a spectacular collection of Indian jewels owned by the ruling family of Qatar, the House of Thani. Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani acquired a vast collection of Indian jewelry including some the world’s rarest pieces. He now owns a large number of jeweled objects that originally belonged to India’s Mughal rulers. There is no comparable collection .The catalog itself is also quite stunning, with full-page illustrations of exquisitely detailed Mughal miniatures and intricate jeweled objects. The miniature paintings show the objects worn or in use: a turban... Read More
Tea ceremony bowls

Cha no bi doto [Beauty of tea and its masters]

Tokyo : Mainichi Shinbunsha, Heisei 3 [1991].
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Cha no bi dōtō : Rikyū, Enshū, Yūsai  (茶の美道統 : 利休・遠州・幽斎 [Beauty of tea and its masters]) is an important work for scholars interested in the Japanese tea ceremony. This book shows a number of famous 16th century tea ceremony utensils and tea houses favored by the tea ceremony founder, Sen no Rikyū (千利休) and two of his followers, Kobori Enshū (小堀遠州) and Hosakawa Yūsai (細川幽斎).  These utensils are seen as reflections of the philosophy and spirit of the tea ceremony established by Rikyū. Along with room decorations, utensils are considered part of the ceremony and play an important... Read More
Cover of Christian Themes in Indian Art

Christian Themes in Indian Art

By Anand Amaladass. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2012.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Although only about two percent of the population of India is Christian, it is common to find both Christian and non-Christian Indian artists who have used Christian themes in their art. The beginnings of Christianity in India are not well known but tradition has it that the apostle Thomas founded a number of churches in Kerala in 52 AD. Vasco da Gama (1469-1524), the Portuguese explorer, landed in Calicut in 1498 and by 1542 the Roman Catholic missionary Francis Xavier (1506-1552) had reached Goa. These contacts with the west brought examples of European art into the Indian... Read More
Iznik Tiles and Ceramics in the Sadberk Hanim Museum and Omer M. Koc Collections

Dance of Fire

By Hulya Bilgi. Istanbul: Vehbi Koc Foundation and Sadberk Hanim Museum, 2009.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Tiles and ceramics produced in Iznik between the 15th and 17th centuries represent a significant artistic achievement for Turkey. Tiles were frequently used as decoration in Turkish Seljuk period (1071-1243 AD) architecture for important public buildings. Beginning with the Ottomans in the 15th century, there was increasing demand for tiles, which were used to decorate the mosques and palaces of their new capital of Istanbul. This led to the establishment of a center for ceramic production in Iznik. At the height of Iznik tile production there were as many as 300 workshops in the town... Read More
De Paris à Samarkand, le Ferghanah, le Kouldja et la Sibérie occidentale: impressions de voyage d’une Parisienne / par Mme. de U

De Paris a Samarkand

By Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon. Paris: Hachette, 1880.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

A travelogue written of Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon, De Paris à Samarkand, was published in 1880. Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon (1845- 19?? ) traveled with her husband, Károly Jenő Ujfalvy de Mezőkövesd (16 May 1842 – 31 January 1904) who was a noted ethnographic researcher and linguist of Central Asia and the Himalayas. In 1876 he was sent by the French Ministry of Public Education on a scientific expedition to the newly conquered regions of Russian Central Asia. Marie accompanied him on the journey, something that was extremely rare for a woman of that time to do. She recorded their travels.... Read More
Emperor Kangxi and the Sun King Louis XIV

Emperor Kangxi and the Sun King Louis XIV

Taipei shi : Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan, 2011.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Emperor Kangxi and King Louis XIV of France, also known as Louis the Great, were both considered among the greatest rulers of their respective countries. They have been compared politically and militarily, but few comparisons in artistic achievements have been done. Both rulers came to the throne during childhood. They had excellent skills in riding and archery and both were fluent in a number of languages. As a Manchu emperor, Kangxi had a solid command of Mandarin Chinese and Mongolian whereas Louis XIV was versed in French, Italian, Spanish, and Latin. Through the French Jesuit... Read More
Inside of Indo-Tibetan Bronzes

Indo-Tibetan Bronzes

By Ulrich von Schroeder. Hong Kong: Visual Dharma Publications , 1981.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

This book is an invaluable tool for art historians, scholars, dealers, and collectors interested in metal sculptures of Northern India, the Himalayas, and Tibet. It is also an important work for scholars studying Chinese bronzes of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Published in 1981, it remains the only publication providing a timeline of the evolution of the art of these types of metal sculptures. The author, Ulrich von Schroeder, has been studying Buddhist art and culture as an independent scholar since the early 1960’s. He started as a collector, became a dealer, and then finally a... Read More
Shunkyū Higi Zukan

Katsukawa Shunshō nikuhitsu Shunkyū higi zukan

Tōkyō: Gakushū Kenkyūsha, Heisei 15, 2003.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Shunkyū Higi Zukan [勝川春章肉筆春宮秘戯図巻 (Secret erotic play)] is a set of erotic paintings produced by Katsushika Shunshō (1726-1793), one of the most important ukiyo-e painters of the Edo period (1600-1868). Originally a scroll, the work was lost for over a hundred years as the scroll was divided into sections and distributed to numerous collectors. The work became a legend known only in literature. In the early 21st century scholars succeeded in locating the different sections and published it as this facsimile edition of only 500 copies. This copy is number 65. The work is important also as... Read More

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