Inaugural Sarikhani Prizes Awarded

Andrew Eccles
Friday 1 January 2021

The Sarikhani Collection is dedicated to the story of the rich artistic heritage and history of Iran. The generous loan of objects and manuscripts to the University of St Andrews belonging to the Sarikhani Collection is being used to give students direct access to art produced across the Islamic period and is the focus of visual analysis papers in modules taught by the Lecturer in Iranian Islamic Art, and of the University’s first chair of Islamic Art, held by Professor Robert Hillenbrand.

The first Sarikhani Prize was awarded jointly to two undergraduate students on the ‘A Survey of Islamic Art’ (AH3131) module taught by Dr Ilse Sturkenboom in Martinmas semester 2020 for their visual analysis papers, both scoring a First for:

How might this bowl related to book illustration?
Mina’i bowl with two figures seated beside a tree, The Sarikhani Collection, I. CE. 2081
Grace Kinnersley

In which ways is this object indicative of its time and place of production?
Tankard with seated figures and birds in medallions, The Sarikhani Collection, I. CE. 2180
Helena Davies


The Sarikhani Collection is also staging an exhibition with the Victoria & Albert Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation in February 2021. Exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran will shine a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many.

• Epic Iran (13 February 2021-30 August 2021) is organised by the V&A with the Iran Heritage Foundation in association with The Sarikhani Collection

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