“ISLAMIC MAGIC-THERAPEUTIC BOWLS”
Roberta Giunta, University of Naples “L’Orientale”
Part of the Silsila fall 2018 Lecture Series, Matters of Mediation/Bodies of Devotion
The lecture deals with a particular class of metalwork used as magic items that have been the object of a very recent research, to be published later in 2018. These items, in the shape of bowls of small dimensions, were used with therapeutic purposes as attested in an Arabic formula generally engraved on the exterior side, above the rim. The morphological, decorative, epigraphic, and paleographic aspects will be presented through a comparative description of a group of one hundred and fourteen bowls belonging to public and private collections.
Roberta Giunta is Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology and Islamic Epigraphy in the Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. She is coordinator of the under-graduate program in Archeology and Ancient Civilizations, and deputy director of the journal Annali dell’Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”. Her research focuses particularly on the Iranian and Central Asian Medieval period. She undertook archaeological and epigraphic fieldwork in Egypt, Yemen, Oman, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and took part in scholarly initiatives, conferences and research workshops in several Italian and foreign universities. Since 2004 she is responsible for the Islamic section of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan. She is the author of three books, five edited volumes and many articles concerning Islamic archaeology, epigraphy and numismatics.
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