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Art Study Center Seminar: Islamic Manuscripts

Jamshid Enthroned, illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Shahnama by Firdawsi, India, probably Kashmir, Mughal period, c. 1700. Ink, colors, and gold on paper.
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of José M. Soriano in honor of Thomas W. Lentz and in memory of Stuart Cary Welch, 2015.63.3.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Event at capacity

The Shahnama (Book of Kings) by the 10th-century Persian poet Firdawsi is one of the most frequently illustrated texts in Islamic art. This session will focus on a Shahnama that was likely produced in Kashmir at the turn of the 17th century. Together, Mary McWilliams, the Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art; Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, assistant curator; and Stephanie Rozman, the Calderwood Curatorial Fellow, will examine this manuscript’s intriguingly hybrid paintings and will explore the fluidity of classical texts and the sometimes complicated lives of manuscripts.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but capacity is limited to 15 and registration is recommended. To register, please email

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk. Note that there is a wait list for this program; spots unclaimed by 11am will be released to those on the wait list. Please be prepared to present a photo ID.

Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.