"TRANSMITTING POTENTIAL. MAKERS AND MARBLES IN GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN"
Martina Rugiadi, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Part of the Silsila spring 2019 Lecture Series, Replication
Appearing in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the marbles carvings of Ghazni, Afghanistan, display novel, seemingly repetitive and geometrically traced designs (interlaced trefoils, star and polygons, etc.). Through close observation of the marbles’ manufacture, this talk will suggest that the reproduction of these motifs was not achieved with templates, but rather via an accumulated knowledge present across masons, marbles, and tastes. Replication in the practices of craftsmen
enabled transmission of designs and activated innovations in the artistic languages, while raising questions about the interplay between patrons, architects, and craftsmen.