Scentscapes of the Mughal World: Multisensory Engagement with Botanical Arts

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Carved Marble Wall Panel with Parchin Kari (Semi Precious Stone Inlay) of Botanical Motifs, 1935-1938. Agra and Delhi, India. Object Number 41.49y.
Photograph courtesy of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Scentscapes of the Mughal World: Multisensory Engagement with Botanical Arts

Leslee Michelsen
May 10, 2023
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Zoom Webinar
$15/person Society members; $20/person non-members. Advance registration must be received by SAA by May 7, 2023.

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In preparation for a long-planned exhibition on the multi-sensory explorations of scent in the botanical arts of the Mughal world, this talk highlights the current research into the depiction, abstraction and extraction of plants and flowers in several key artworks held in the collection of the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, a center of the Doris Duke Foundation. The talk will examine textiles, carved stones, manuscripts, and metalwork by unpacking the myriad “scentscapes” of these objects and how those sensorial observations are a key to their contextualization and understanding.

Leslee Michelsen is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Shangri La Museum in Honolulu. She is responsible for the exhibition, research, and conservation of the museum’s collection of historic and contemporary art of the Islamic world. She earned her PhD in Islamic art history and archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked in Qatar, Afghanistan and throughout greater Central Asia on numerous museum, archaeological and academic projects.

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