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Images and Stars

Drawn under my notes during a lecture about the Al-Sufi star manual (one manuscript of which is in the MIA’s collection), given last Wednesday by Harvard University’s David Roxburgh. It helped me to better understand some of the links between star manuals and celestial globes and the way that images lend functionality to both. There wasn’t much about how this links… Read More Images and Stars

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Pachisi notes

These swirly motifs around a Pachisi board were drawn during an entertaining lecture on the history of the game, given by Irving Finkel last Wednesday as part of the Kings and Pawns exhibition at the  Museum of Islamic Art. This is part of my weekly Marginalia series, explained here.

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MIA Symposium

This page is from 2011, drawn over several of the talks given at a 2011 symposium held at Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art. It’s unusual among my sketches (especially the smaller ones; this is a page of an A6 notebook) for having some very thick lines of ink – although that happened because the first… Read More MIA Symposium