The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

An Attic Advent: 2nd December

Geometric cufflinks (British Museum)

Geometry lies at the heart of Islamic design. Interlacing circles, triangles, stars and polygons underpin the decoration of objects and architecture throughout the Muslim world. The vibrant intellectual environment at the medieval Arab and Persiancourts fostered the development of science, mathematics and geometry which had an impact on the arts of Islam. This particular design has been inspired by the geometrical designs on the inlaid wood and ivory sarcophagus of the first Safavid ruler,Shah Isma 'il I, at the Ardabil Shrine, Iran, AD 1524.


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