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Virtual Saturday University: Turquoise, The Sky Blue Stone

Nov 21 2020

Asian Art Museum


10 AM – 11:30 AM

Saturday University Lecture Series: Color in Asian Art - Material and Meaning


Dip into dimensions of color and pigment in Asian art with eight in depth talks. From legend and ritual, to trade and cultural exchange, to technical innovation and changing artistic practices—the use of bold colors has been considered alternatively excessive, precious, or brilliant throughout history. What rare pigments and closely guarded techniques produced some artworks, and what artistic innovations and social changes produced others? Join us to enjoy a spectrum of talks on colors produced from the earth, sea, fire, plants, and insects.

Turquoise: The Sky Blue Stone
Arash Khazeni, Pomona College

The finest quality turquoise mined in eastern Iran was precious to Persian rulers as a celestial stone, and finished pieces were exchanged between empires and traded throughout Eurasia. Ceramicists developed the esteemed turquoise color in glaze as part of creating the blue-tiled architecture of Central Asia. This talk traces circulation of turquoise in the history of Islamic Eurasia and global trade.

About the Presenter

Arash Khazeni is Assistant Professor of History, Pomona College. Pomona College. He is author of Tribes and Empire on the Margins of 19th-Century Iran, as well as Sky Blue Stone: The Turquoise Trade in World History.



Dragon's Blood and the Blood of Dragons

OCT 10

The Colors of Space and Time

OCT 17

Shades of Green and White

OCT 24

Pigments and Artistic Interventions

OCT 31

Indigo in Two 15th-century Chinese Paintings


Korean Culture in Five Colors

NOV 14

Colors of the Earth, Colors of the Sky

NOV 21

Turquoise, The Sky Blue Stone


Free with registration, a link to the zoom webinar will be e-mailed to you. Two tickets available per registration.There are no series tickets, please register for each talk you wish to join. Please cancel if you won't be able to attend.
Image: Ceramic tiles; Persian; interior of Jame Mosque, Yazd, Iran.

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