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Stories from the Shahnama: The Persian Book of Kings

Rustam Mourns Sohrab and Carries His Coffin, folio from a manuscript of the Shahnama by Firdawsi, Iran, Shiraz, Safavid period, c. 1575–90, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Rustam Mourns Sohrab and Carries His Coffin, folio from a manuscript of the Shahnama by Firdawsi, Iran, Shiraz, Safavid period, c. 1575–90, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Stories from the Shahnama: The Persian Book of Kings
M. Victor Leventritt Program

Xanthe Gresham, storyteller; and Mary McWilliams, Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums

Delving deep into the rich culture and epic mythology of Persia, acclaimed storyteller Xanthe Gresham performs sections of the poem the Shahnama (Book of Kings). Enter a world of romance, lust, tragedy, and war—where fathers and sons may be strangers in battle; where kings treat others like pawns in a game of chess; where beauty can be a gift and a curse; and femme fatales may condemn young men to journey through fire. Held in conjunction with the exhibition In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art.

Since 1995 acclaimed storyteller Xanthe Gresham has performed and held workshops at countless schools, museums, theaters, libraries, hospitals, and outdoor venues around the world. Her repertoire includes material from European, Russian, Celtic, Greek, Persian, Iraqi, Mesopotamian, Afghani, South American, Egyptian, Viking, Chinese, Native American, Indian, and Sufi traditions. Based in the UK, she has developed projects for the British Museum, Courtauld Institute of Art, Tate Britain, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. More at www.xanthegresham.co.uk.

For ages 12 and above. Free admission.

For more information, please contact Erin Loeb at 617-496-8576 or erin_loeb [at] harvard [dot] edu.

The M. Victor Leventritt Fund was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.