Ships of the Western Indian Ocean in Persian Manuscript Paintings

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Sea Closed Sea
Subtitle of host publicationLocal and Inter-Regional Traditions in Shipbuilding. Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology Marseilles 2018
EditorsGiulia Boetto, Patrice Pomey, Pierre Poveda
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherCRNS Editions
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9782271129727
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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