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Art Department Colloquium: Glaire Anderson
November 13, 2015 @ 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
“A Mother’s Gift? Re-reading the Pyxis of al-Mughira”
The Pyxis of al-Mughira, created in 968 for an Umayyad prince of Córdoba and preserved in the Louvre, is hailed as a masterpiece of the ivory carver’s art. This object is also famous for its complex cycle of figural decoration, one of the most intriguing, and perplexing, in the whole of Islamic art. I propose that al-Mughira’s mother, al-Mushtaq (fl. 951) may have commissioned the pyxis as a gift for her son, and offer a new reading of its imagery based on this possibility.
Glaire D. Anderson (PhD, MIT) is an historian of medieval Islamic art, architecture and civilization. Her research focuses on the intersection of art, architecture, and court culture in early Islamic Iberia, the western Mediterranean, and the wider Islamic lands during the caliphal period.
The Art Department Colloquium is a series intended to share new or in-progress work by departmental faculty and their colleagues at nearby institutions, furthering the conversation and facilitating collaboration.