Press Release - Technical examinations of a Mina’i Pottery bowl by Johanna - English
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release - Technical examinations of a Mina’i Pottery bowl by Johanna - English
Press Release QMA’s Museum of Islamic Art to present a lecture on the study of a Mina’i pottery bowl on 20 JuneDoha, 7 June 2012- The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is organizing a lecturetitled “Technical Examinations of a Mina’i Pottery Bowl” by conservator JohannaOlafsdotter on Wednesday 20 June 2012 at 6:30 pm at the MIA Education Center.The Mina’i bowl presented in this lecture belongs to the museum’s collection andshows an unusual and remarkable design. It was selected for study by ceramics andstucco curator Leslee Michelsen and object conservator Johanna Olafsdotter.A lecture was given previously by Michelsen on Mina’i ware titled “Telling Tales:Narrative Discourse and Mina’i Pottery” during which the first study of thedecoration on this bowl was presented. As for the upcoming lecture by Olafsdotter,it will present the different examination techniques that were employed to studythe bowl and the results and observations that were made.The bowl has broken and been restored in the past with extensive over paints andfilling materials hiding the original surface. Therefore, MIA conservators andcurators carried out further studies and examinations at the conservationdepartment in order to try and determine the original pieces and design.The luxury over-glazed polychrome painted wares called Mina’i, which is thePersian term for enamel, were produced in Iran during a short period of time in thesecond half of the twelfth century. The production of these wares was complicatedas it involved several firings and different glazing techniques. The decorations onthese wares typically include scenes with tales from Persian legends, oftencompared to those found in the miniatures of manuscript illumination from bookspublished during the same period.Attendance at the lecture is open to the public free of charge. Arabic translationwill also be available.
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