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First South Asia Program Seminar: "Cosmic Correspondences: Astral Piety and Painting at the Mughal Court" by Yael Rice

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Tuesday, August 30 at 12:15p.m. in Uris Hall, G-08 

South Asia Program (SAP) Seminar Series--Yael Rice, will speak about the Mughal emperor Akbar, long celebrated by scholars for his “secular” outlook, was deeply invested in the efficacy of astrological events. This talk will consider the place of astral piety at Akbar’s court, focusing on a little-studied manuscript that contains instructions for harnessing the forces of the zodiac. Of particular interest are the manuscript’s many illustrations of the astrological degrees, which are here considered integral, rather than supplementary, to the processes of astral invocation.

Biography: Yael Rice is Assistant Professor of the History of Art & Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College. She specializes in the manuscript and other portable arts of early modern Iran and South Asia.