|Wall painting fragment from Samarra, V&A: A.30-1922|
BISI Annual Mallowan Lecture
By Dr Mariam Rosser-Owen (V&A) and Dr Rosalind Wade Haddon (Independent Scholar)
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00.
Location: The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH.
In 2013, BISI granted the Victoria and Albert Museum the annual pilot project award to research, catalogue, photograph and conserve the museum’s collection of 285 objects excavated at Samarra by Ernst Herzfeld in 1911-1913. This material encompasses architectural ornament in plaster, stone and wood, as well as objects in steatite, glass and ceramic. It forms a representative typeset of the finds from this landmark excavation, which are now widely dispersed across international museum collections; this project forms the first phase in an attempt to research and virtually reunite the Samarra finds. This lecture will outline the work undertaken over the past year, the discoveries that have been made, and how the Samarra material is now accessible through the museum’s website. It will also sketch out the ambitions that remain for this collection, and the project’s next phases.
The lecture will be immediately preceded by BISI's Annual General Meeting at 5.45pm. All audience members are also warmly welcomed to join us for a reception after the lecture.
Tickets: free, but pre-registration is required. Bookings to open shortly.