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Sultans of the South: Arts of India's Deccan Courts, 1323-1687 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Paperback – December 27, 2011


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Navina Najat Haidar is curator and Marika Sardar is a research associate, both in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300175876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300175875
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By vitruvius on March 16, 2012
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Although many are small, splendid color plates illuminate this breath-taking Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia on the arts of India's Deccan Courts. This is traditional art historical scholarship at its best, not driven by ideology or critical theory. The book is divided into four major sections: Painting and Literary Traditions, (7 articles); Carpets, Textiles, and Trade (4 articles); Architecture, Fortifications, and Arms (4 articles); and "The Ibrahim Rauza" (3 articles on this tomb). So there is something for every interest here, most unfamiliar to all but specialists: "The Pem Nem: A Sixteenth-Century Illustrated Romance From Bijapur", which includes small plates of all 34 pictures; "Deccani Elements in Early Pahari Painting"; "Deccani Carpets: Creating a Corpus", "Fortifications and Gunpowder in the Deccan, 1368-1687", and "Indic Themes in the Design and Decoration in the Ibrahim Rauza in Bijapur". The authors are sensitive to the subtleties of cross-cultural flow between Muslim and Hindu works, as well as between north and south. Libraries, both academic and private, which, like mine, are dominated by more familiar material on the Mughals, will welcome this excursion to the Muslim courts of south-cental India. At 321 pages, including the bibliography, this beautifully designed book is not meant to be rushed through cover to cover, but savored one or two articles at a time. I count it among the most original and important additions to my collection this year. Sultans of the South: Arts of India's Deccan Courts, 1323-1687 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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