Falnama: the Book of Omens [Published by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on the Occasion of the Exhibition Falnama: the Book of Omens, October 24, 2009-January 24, 2010]

By: Farhad, Massumeh with Serpil Bagci

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Book Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


KB27...346 pp. Heavily illustrated. Still in original shrink wrap, basically as new. A beautiful book and quite scarce. Heavy for international shipping. "The most splendid tools ever devised to foretell the future were illustrated texts known as the "Falnama" ("Book of Omens"). This book deals with these extraordinary manuscripts and focuses on their artistic, cultural and religious significance. " "Whether by consulting the position of planets, casting horoscopes or interpreting dreams, the art of divination has been a universal practice for centuries. In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in Iran and Turkey, one of the most splendid tools to gain insight into the unknown was a series of illustrated manuscripts known as the Falnama (Book of omens). Popular at court and on the streets of Isfahan and Istanbul, only four 'monumental' copies of these exceptional works remain. They are notable for their impressive scale and brilliantly painted images of prophets, heroes, villains and signs of the zodiac. With their encouraging or dire omens, they represent some of the most original manuscripts associated with Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey." "Featured in this, the first publication ever devoted to the Falnama as a genre, are intact volumes as well as text folios and illustrations now dispersed among international public and private collections. Considering the Falnama's pictorial and verbal auguries as integrated ensembles, these images and their prognostications shed new light on the Safavid and Ottoman artistic, cultural, political and religious landscape of the period. Essays by scholars of Safavid, Ottoman and Byzantine history, culture and language, complemented by full-colour illustrations, offer detailed analysis of the form, content and meaning of these rarely seen works of art. The first ever translations of three of the four monumental copies provide insight into a vivid and enduring aspect of human concern - the unknown." --Jacket. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 348 pages

Title: Falnama: the Book of Omens [Published by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on the Occasion of the Exhibition Falnama: the Book of Omens, October 24, 2009-January 24, 2010]

Author Name: Farhad, Massumeh with Serpil Bagci

Categories: Religion - Islam, Art, Architecture & Design, History: Middle East/Near East,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Thomas & Hudson: 2010

ISBN Number: 0500515115

ISBN Number 13: 9780500515112

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket

Seller ID: 10675

Keywords: Turkish Islamic Art Safavid Iran Ottoman Turkey,