Arianna D’Ottone Rambach, La Sapienza University, Rome
Part of the Silsila Spring 2022 series
The lecture aims at illustrating two block-printed amulets found in the Qubbat al-khaznain the Great Mosque of Damascus and currently preserved in Istanbul, at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. These two specimens enlarge both the corpus of known block-printed amulets and the map of the regions in which the production of this peculiar type of written evidence is attested.
The history of the find will be recalled in order to put the block-printed exemplars in a wider material and linguistic context. Moreover, the technique employed for their production will be discussed and other new specimens, of various provenances, will also be presented.