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Silver and Frankincense 

Although scent has always played a major role in personal adornment in the Arab world, its evanescent quality leaves very few or no trace over time. Join us for an introduction to this lesser known aspect of personal adornment. Explore the uses of scent in personal appearance such as jewellery, hairstyles and make-up, but also its purpose in religious, ritual, and social context through beautiful silver perfume containers, sumptuously scented paste beads, and fragrant clove necklaces.

Read more here.

Tuesday Jan 19, 2021 at 1 pm EDT
Limited Space. Registration: USD 10

Sigrid van Roode is a jewellery historian specializing in traditional jewellery from North Africa and Southwest Asia. Her research addresses jewellery as material culture of society and focuses in particular on the relation between jewellery and ritual, magic and religion. She currently works on her PhD-research into jewellery and ritual at Leiden University. Her book Desert Silver has been widely acclaimed by its readers as one of the most accessible introductions to jewellery from the Arab world, and her new book Silver & Frankincense explores the quintessential but often forgotten role of smell in relation to personal adornment.
 

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Medieval India: Religion, Warfare, and Two Strong Queens

Historically, India embodied the flow of peoples and the blending of cultures, particularly during medieval times and early age of explorations. During two pivotal centuries – 13th and 16th - learn about religious interactions, warfare and two women rulers who shaped history. We'll examine the 13 CE relationship between Hinduism and Islam, and why it was hard for the two religions to coexist. Sultana Razia helped facilitate their coexistence, and ushered in an age of magnificent Indo-Islamic art and architecture. Later, during 16th CE when the Portuguese arrived to exploit the rich pepper trade, bringing new religious intolerance and taxes, one strong queen -- Abbakka Chowta – said “no” and went to war. Her story encapsulates struggles between India and colonial powers that continue to shape Indian history till today. India is a fascinating, complicated land, and this lecture will open a window onto that story.
Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 7.30pm EDT

Limited space. Registration: USD 10

Joyce E. Salisbury is Professor Emerita from University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, where she taught and served as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Director of International Education. Professor Salisbury has a PhD from Rutgers University in Medieval History, and is an award-winning teacher who received the prestigious national Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award for excellence in addition to other teaching awards. Professor Salisbury is a prolific author whose books include the award-winning Perpetua’s Passion: Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman, The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages, and the widely used textbook, The West in the World. She also lectures for the Great Courses.

Coming up in March

Few countries in the world offer such a rich and varied cultural heritage as Mexico. Before the Spanish Conquest, numerous civilisations rose and fell. After 1521, Spanish settlers brought new art forms, materials, and craft skills. After Independence in 1821 and the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's embraced indigenous mexicanidad. 

Today the arts and crafts of Mexico are a living force, not a nostalgic evocation. With dazzling colour and design, popular art forms combine Aztec, Maya and Spanish traditions. Contemporary makers create jewellery of silver and gold, complex pottery, intricate wooden carvings, shimmering beadwork, ingenious toys and imaginative figures of papier mâché.  

Tuesday March 9, 2021 at 5.00pm EDT

Limited space. Registration: USD 10

Chloë Sayer is an author and curator, specialising in the art and culture of Latin America. She has made ethnographic collections for the British Museum, and has published numerous books, including The Arts and Crafts of Mexico, Fiesta, and Mexico! Clothing & Culture. She has worked on television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, and as a Research Associate at  Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Recipient of Mexican Government's Ohtli medal for her long-standing commitment to Mexican culture. In 2018 she gave lectures and organised the exhibition: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has lectured in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico and New Zealand, and leads E.Y.H.O's tours to Mexico.

Chloë is an enormously knowledgeable expert and a very engaging speaker. - Sandy M., Minnesota

Visually splendid and often extremely costly, Mexican festivals draw their inspiration from pre-Hispanic and Christian practices. Many fiestas feature dances with richly embellished costumes and masks. During los Días de Muertos (Days of the Dead), families remember loved ones with lavish offerings. This lecture will take you into the heart of exuberant and sombre Mexico to share the passion that Mexicans are renowned for. 

Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 5.00pm EDT

Limited space. Registration: USD 10

Chloë Sayer is an author and curator, specialising in the art and culture of Latin America. She has made ethnographic collections for the British Museum, and has published numerous books, including The Arts and Crafts of Mexico, Fiesta, and Mexico! Clothing & Culture. She has worked on television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, and as a Research Associate at  Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Recipient of Mexican Government's Ohtli medal for her long-standing commitment to Mexican culture. In 2018 she gave lectures and organised the exhibition: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has lectured in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico and New Zealand, and leads E.Y.H.O's tours to Mexico.

Chloë is an enormously knowledgeable expert and a very engaging speaker. - Sandy M., Minnesota

Past Events 

Past Events

January 12, 2021

Paint it, Black - history and culture of kohl containers

Kohl has been used to beautify men and women, ward off evil, confer status, accompany rituals and feasts. Explore its remarkable history from Early Bronze Age, Early Islamic Period to the present. 

Jolanda Bos

Archeologist and dress anthropologist at the Univ of Leiden, The Netherlands

December 3, 2020

Frida and Diego - Mexico's Golden Age of Art

Colourful and turbulent art and lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera continue to capture the world's imagination. Discover why Frida's intimate self-portraits and Diego's panoramic murals have given the pair iconic status.

Chloë Sayer

About Chloë

Oct 7, 2020

Vanishing Stepwells of India

India's least-known edifices are magnificent subterranean stepwells. Unique marvels of architecture, engineering, and art, they proliferated throughout the subcontinent for over a millennium. Watch here. 

Victoria Lautman

January 5, 2021

Stories in Silver : reading North African jewellery 

Messenger, protector and bank account are roles traditional jewellery plays Travel from the steppes of Central Asia to the Maghreb to decipher the language of silver. 

Sigrid van Roode

Sigrid is Jewellery Historian at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands

November 19, 2020

Geeta's Diwali Kitchen

Chef Geeta invites you into her kitchen to explore myths and traditions of Diwali while focusing on the food that brings us together. Cook along or just watch. FREE - Catch the recorded session here

Geeta Maini

About Geeta

December 10, 2020

Frida Kahlo and Traditional Mexican Dress

Frida Kahlo's iconic status lies in her flamboyant and courageous dressing style that paid homage to Mexican indigenous cultures and inspires designers and fashionistas the world over. Reading list here

Chloë Sayer

About Chloë

November 2, 2020

Behind the Marble Veil

Royal intrigues, power grabs, and the real reason why the world's most beautiful building was built. A synthesis of the latest scholarship with northern India's "exposed zone" and the Mughals' Timurid connection

Dr Justin Jacobs

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