The preliminary review of 150 images of watercraft in Persian manuscript paintings from the 14th to the 19th centuries reveals the contextual environment of these much-maligned images of seafaring. Nautical researchers rarely cite Persian paintings, but availability of digital facsimiles of Persian manuscripts online has improved access to a large corpus of images allowing close examination and comparisons. This study demonstrates the potential of the corpus of watercraft images in Persian manuscripts and shows how these paintings may be interpreted more as illustrations of seafaring culture rather than detailed depictions of nautical technology.
|Title of host publication||Open Sea Closed Sea|
|Subtitle of host publication||Local and Inter-Regional Traditions in Shipbuilding. Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology Marseilles 2018|
|Editors||Giulia Boetto, Patrice Pomey, Pierre Poveda|
|Place of Publication||Paris|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|