By Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art & Architecture Gulru Necipoglu, Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Lecturer in the Arts and Archaeology of Islam Anna Contadini

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The rooms were also provided with large European-style marble fireplaces. In the lower gallery were hung Gobelin tapestries depicting the “Coronation of the Faun” and the “Triumph Fig. 2. Shams al-{Imara, Bandar Anzali, southern elevation. (Photo: courtesy Prof. 24 Bassett noted that the rooms of the palace were lit with gas, and that there were few electric lights,25 amenities that were introduced in 1879–80. The most obvious building with which to draw parallels is that of the {Ali Qapu in Isfahan.

But in other respects, the buildings differ: The entrance to the {Ali Qapu forms part of the main structure of the palace, while that of Shams al-{Imara stands independently to the south of the building. The t¸l¸r at the {Ali Qapu looks out over the mayd¸n, from which the Safavid shahs could see and be seen, while the screen at Shams al-{Imara allows only partial views of the square. The {Ali Qapu was an important government building with an imperial facade projecting towards the mayd¸n, while Shams al-{Imara was an inward-looking royal residence.

Thus, both poet and artist appropriate a series of established literary and pictorial elements and transfer them to a different context, where they acquire new meanings and associations. Ahmedî’s poem was composed both as an account of the legendary life story of ~skender and as an encyclopedic compendium of medieval knowledge. In creating his narrative, the author/poet used several scientific texts available to him. One of the most important sources of his chapters on geographical, astrological, botanical, and other scientific fields was probably the {Aj¸}ib al-makhl¢q¸t wa-ghar¸}ib al-mawj¢d¸t (The Wonders of Creation and the Peculiarities of Existing Things) of Qazwini (1203–83).

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Muqarnas 21 Essays In Honor Of J.m. Rogers: An Annual On The Visual Culture Of The Islamic World (Muqarnas) by Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art & Architecture Gulru Necipoglu, Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Lecturer in the Arts and Archaeology of Islam Anna Contadini


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