Students in Dr. Lynn Jones‘s undergraduate seminar, “Objects of Desire: Islamic Luxury Arts” presented their research in a symposium on Tuesday, April 19th. Twelve students spent the semester delving into the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, a well-preserved late medieval Book of Kings (1520-1540). Each student had one folio to investigate, and spent the semester identifying and researching the “objects of desire” – such as textiles, ceramics, gems, vessels, and armor – that are given visual expression in their folio. The students enjoyed the opportunity to present their talks for a full crowd of the FSU Art History community, and engage in a lively Q&A session. The event was sponsored by the Medieval Studies Organization.
Dr. Jones writes, “This symposium was a meaningful showcase of the skills and achievements of this group of emerging scholars. They should each be proud — it was an impressive show of hard work. Brava!” We are proud of these students, and look forward to seeing what they accomplish next:
Skylar Alderson, Sam Boddie, Tara Bracken, Gabriella Hamada, Mia Jackson, Kendal McDowell, Abby Perpich, Brittney Pieper, Bailey Ratliff, Ava Romano, and Victoria Weaver.