A Carved History: New Researches on Medieval Iranian Stucco (8th –14th c.)
Stucco (a common term for gypsum plaster) has been extensively used in the architectural decoration of religious and secular monuments in Iran from ancient times, and this tradition has continued after the Islamic conquest, with progressive changes in techniques and imagery. Nevertheless, several stucco corpora retrieved from key historical and archaeological sites across the medieval Persianate world remain understudied. It is only in recent years that some research projects have been launched to investigate these materials with the support of new technologies and cross-disciplinary collaborations. The online round table and the conference on January 22th, will provide an opportunity to discuss the methods, outcomes and perspectives of some recent studies, with the objective of enhancing the network of young and experienced scholars currently working on Iranian stuccoes.