東文研セミナー(Solomon’s Glass Palace in Qur’an 44/ XXVII as a Paradigm of Ornament)のご案内(10月21日)


Dr. Valélie GONZALEZ
(History of Islamic Art, University of Richmond, VA)

Solomon’s Glass Palace in Qur’an 44/ XXVII as a Paradigm of Ornament.


In Sourat 27, Al-Naml (the Ants), Verse 44 tells the final episode of the meeting between the Queen of Sheba and Solomon. The queen is invited to enter the king-prophet's palace which is covered with glass. She sees water instead of glass and while going towards the king she pulls up her skirts in order to avoid getting them wet. Solomon corrects her mistake by asserting that the place is made of glass. Thereafter, she acknowledges her mistake and submits to Solomon's God. The exegesis of the text shows that this Solomonic parable is a pure metaphor of a dialectic of powers of different orders in Islamic society (religious, theological and aesthetic): the power of Islam over idolatry, of prophetic science over human intelligence and of Nature over Art. The narrative itself constitutes an iconic representation of power conveying a particularly important aesthetic dimension. Indeed, the conception of power in Verse 44 is expressed by means of a story that describes a bodily experience or the subjective visual perception of an artistic object. The Queen of Sheba misinterprets the elaborate artifact, the glass decoration of the king’s palace, according to a scenario typical in the realm of artistic experience called “optical illusion”. This scenario is an imaging metaphor of weakness and failure that frames the triumph of the incarnating figure of righteousness, power and grandeur, king-prophet Solomon.
How does the Qur’anic parable articulate a plural theoretical message on visual aesthetics through its literal level of cognition constituted by the narrative? This is the question I will answer in this talk.


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連絡先:東京大学東洋文化研究所 桝屋友子

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