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Jennifer Scarce

November 26 - December 14, 2012

Project Title: The Role of Qajar Tilework in the Late Islamic Art and Culture of Iran

Project Abstract: Shangri La’s collection of Islamic Art includes a group of tiles from Qajar Iran of late nineteenth to early twentieth century date notable for their range, quality and scale as units of architectural decoration. They illustrate the techniques of tile mosaic inlay and overglaze painting and a design repertoire of foliate and geometrical motifs, calligraphy and pictorial subjects. As a continuation of research into Qajar tilework, I will fully catalogue these tiles and use the data to investigate their role in the context of late Iranian Islamic architecture, design and urban development.

Jennifer Scarce (B.A., F.S.A. Scot, former Curator of Middle Eastern Cultures, National Museum of Scotland, now Honorary Lecturer, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee) has organized many exhibitions on Middle Eastern Culture for the National Museum of Scotland. She has traveled in Iran, Turkey, the Arab Gulf States, and Morocco collecting contemporary textiles and dress for the Museum and pursuing major research projects, particularly on the tilework decoration of Iranian architecture of the Qajar period, on which she has lectured and published extensively. She continues to research both on this important theme and also European travelers to the Middle East, especially those of Scottish origin. 

See Jennifer Scarce's Lecture and Scholar Favorites video clip.

Each of the four scholars selected by a juried review process in 2012 pursued research projects on the following theme: "Beyond "Decline" and Before "Modern": Later Islamic Art, c. 1722-1940."

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