Rarities fit for kings: ephemeral and tangible precious goods in Sultanate India
/ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Emma Flatt introduces our series theme "What is Precious?" through court life in medieval sultanates in the Deccan Plateau (western and southern India). She will discuss their valued jewelry, swords, carpets, textiles, and slaves, as well as precious ephemera, such as scent, and the forms of knowledge and skills that were prized among courtiers.
About the Presenter
is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. Her forthcoming book explores the world of courtiers who moved across regions and between courts in search of generous patrons. It focuses on three different "knowledges" that helped a courtier attain success: letter-writing, wrestling, and astrology. Currently she is a fellow at the National University of Singapore.
Please note: This event takes place at the Seattle Art Museum. South Hall doors open at 9:30 am.
OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES
Sat Feb 1
Rarities Fit for Kings: Ephemeral and Tangible Precious Goods in Sultanate India
Sat Feb 8
Woodwork and the Arts of Japan
Sat Feb 15
The Dragon and the Pearl: Explorations of a Eurasian Motif
Sat Feb 22
The Strange Case of the Castaway Princess and Other Stories of Japan in the Pacific
Sat Feb 29
Out of the Dark: Banned Books in China
Sat Mar 7
Marvelous Journey of Precious Objects: Chaekgeori, Korean Still-Life Painting
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Full series tickets: $62; SAM members $42
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $7; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.
Image: Mughal dagger, 17th century, Indian, Rock crystal, stone, and steel, L.: 14 5/8 in., Gift of Mr. William H. Wolff, 69.16.