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Lecture - The Art of the Tile in Eastern Islamic Lands: Central Asia and Iran- Diana Driscoll

Talk | Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution

Wednesday 22 November 2017 - 19:30 until 21:30

Buildings encased with a web of coloured decoration are one of the most distinctive features of Islamic Art. Glazed ceramic tiles together with mural paintings and stucco brought colour and lavish designs to mosques and shrines, minarets and madrasas, palaces and private houses. In the eastern Islamic lands, tiles arranged in geometric, vegetal and epigraphic motifs were used to decorate interior and exterior walls, vaults and domes; in the western Islamic lands geometric tiles were used to decorate walls and floors.

This lecture will illustrate the history of the art of tilework on brick buildings in Central Asia and Iran in the 14th – 18th centuries. From hesitant beginnings, tiny exterior elements of colour would end up clothing entire buildings in Timurid monuments (Bukhara and Samarkand 14th and 15th century) and equally dramatic ‘veils of splendour’ would be evident in later Safavid 16th century Iran.

Diana Driscoll read her degrees at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the Ancient Middle East with special subjects in history, religion & languages. She expanded her postgraduate studies into ‘The Islamic World ‘and studied its history, art and architecture. She worked at SOAS as Deputy Registrar and was seconded for a 3-year post at the British Council, Hong Kong. It was here that she "discovered" the SILK ROAD and made many journeys into China which complimented her studies& travels in the Middle East, India and Iran. She is now an Independent Researcher in the Asia Dept of the British Museum (BM) with a special emphasis on the Silk Road. She covers 2,500 years of history from 6th century BC to 19th century AD which spans the great trade routes from Morocco to China (7,000 miles). Besides giving regular gallery talks on the SILK ROAD at the BM, she is a lecturer for the RA (Royal Academy) / Cox & Kings / ART TOURS and regularly accompanies groups to Uzbekistan, Morocco, Mughal India and Iran.

This event has been organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

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Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution

16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

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