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Title: Aspects of Iranian art under the Mongols : Chinoiserie reappraised
Author: Kadoi, Yuka
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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This thesis aims to shed new light on some aspects of Iranian art under the Mongols, reviewing problems of Chinese elements in Iranian art. In considering the stylistic and technical development of Iranian art, ‘the Chinese element’ is an inevitable issue. Any history of Iranian art under the aegis of the Mongols must include some accounts of the occurrence of these elements. Though Iran was affected by internal factors in earlier periods, it is indubitable that it experienced a shift in its aesthetic balance on a grand scale during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, as a result of the fruitful exchange of artistic ideas with China and, more broadly, East Asia. Despite a wide acknowledgment of the role of China in the evolution of Iranian art traditions in the late thirteenth to early fourteenth century, chinoiserie in Iranian art under the Mongols remains one of intangible matters in the study of the whole Iranian art; evidence for this unusual artistic phenomenon has thus hitherto not been treated at length in a single study. In order to provide a more fruitful approach to this subject, the discussion in this thesis spans almost all possible types of pictorial and decorative arts produced in Iran under the Mongols, ranging from often discussed paintings to hitherto unexamined decorative objects. Central to all subsequent discussion is the desire to synthesize old and new finds and to address in detail the hitherto ill-defined relationship between Iranian and Chinese art. Above all, the thesis aims to construct a proper art-historical framework for Sino-Iranian art studies in the Mongol period.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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