Pearls of Wisdom
The Arts of Islam at the University of Michigan
By Christiane Gruber and Ashley Dimmig
This catalogue of a Kelsey Museum of Archaeology exhibition showcases a selection of Islamic art works held in the University of Michigan's collections. Rather than arranged chronologically, geographically, or by media, the objects are organized thematically and conceptually. Themes include the intersections between function and decoration, the aesthetic power of everyday objects, visual play, wit, and magic, connections and interrelationships across art forms, and light symbolism and illumination. The volume not only highlights the strengths of the university's collections of Islamic art but also explores various issues integral to the conception and production of art in the Islamic world from the medieval period until the present day.
With 115 colour illustrations.
Catalogue of Objects
Play and Protection
Accession Number/Catalogue Number Concordance
About the Authors
Christiane Gruber is Associate Professor of Islamic Art in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests span medieval Islamic art to contemporary visual culture. She has authored two books on Islamic texts and images of the Prophet Muhammad's ascension and has edited several volumes on Islamic book arts, ascension texts and images, and visual and material culture.
Ashley Dimmig is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include Persian and Turkish early modern and modern visual culture, with a special emphasis on textile arts and Ottoman imperial tents. She is the author of "Fabricating a New Image: Imperial Tents in the Late Ottoman Period," published in the International Journal of Islamic Architecture (2014).
New Titles List
Kelsey Museum Publications
- Archaeology and the Cities of Late Antiquity in Asia Minor
- Building a New Rome - The Roman Colony of Pisidian Antioch (25 BC-300 AD)
- Cosmogonic Tattoos
- The Countryside of Aphrodisias
- Death Dogs - The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt
- Hours of Infinity - Recording the Imperfect Eternal
- In the Field - The Archaeological Expeditions of the Kelsey Museum
- Karanis Revealed - Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt
- Karanis, An Egyptian Town in Roman Times - Discoveries of the University of Michigan Expedition to Egypt (1924-1935)
- Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero - The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii
- Life, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt - The Coffin of Djehutymose in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
- Passionate Curiosities - Tales of Collectors & Collections from the Kelsey Museum
- Pearls of Wisdom - The Arts of Islam at the University of Michigan
- Prehistorians Round the Pond - Reflections on Aegean Prehistory as a Discipline
- Rocks, Paper, Memory - Wendy Artin's Watercolor Paintings of Ancient Sculptures
- Tel Anafa II, ii - Glass Vessels, Lamps, Objects of Metal, and Groundstone and Other Stone Tools and Vessels
- This Fertile Land - Signs and Symbols in the Early Arts of Iran and Iraq