AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE 2015

*****The Trust will be CLOSED ON Monday 31th August.  Open again as usual from Tuesday 1st September.*****

Almut Hintze elected to the British Academy

The Trustees of the Ancient India and Iran Trust are delighted to congratulate fellow Trustee Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at SOAS, on being elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Prof. Hintze joins our Chairman, Prof. Nicholas Sims-Williams and Prof. Julius Lipner as the third trustee to be a fellow of the British Academy.

Prof. Hintze was elected along with three colleagues from SOAS, all of whom were recognised for their outstanding research. Professor Hintze’s work focuses on Indo-Iranian philology and Zoroastrian literature and religion. She is currently working on a critical edition and translation of the Avestan and Pahlavi Yasna, the core ritual of the Zoroastrians. Professor Hintze was also a co-curator of The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination exhibition, and most recently, she was teaching ‘An Introduction to the Avestan Language’ in Pune, India this summer.

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You can read more about the elected SOAS Fellows here:

https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem103831.html?&utm_source=2015+July+17+&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SOAS+-+Weekly+Digest+7

 

Teaching the Avestan language …. in Pune

AIIT Trustee Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at SOAS, is currently teaching an Avestan language course in Pune.  While there, she has given the following interview:

http://www.punemirror.in/pune/others/The-meaning-beyond-words/articleshow/48009125.cms

An article in the Indian Express describes the course:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/avestan-an-ancient-indo-iranian-language-travels-to-pune/99/

AIIT newsletter – Indiran 10: Summer 2015

The latest edition of the newsletter of the Ancient India and Iran Trust is now available here:

Indiran10 Summer2015

If you would like a printed copy, please contact the Administrator on: info@indiran.org

Conference: Textual Archaeology for the Near East: are we doing it all wrong? Cambridge, 10-13 December

TEXTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY FOR THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST: ARE WE DOING IT WRONG?

An interdisciplinary conference to explore viable methodologies of integrating text, archaeology, and image.

10-13 December, 2015
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research,            Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3ER  

For further details and to download the conference statement, programme, and abstracts, please visit:
http://www.mcdonald.cam.ac.uk/events/textual-arch-conference

BOOKING
Please send an email to Dr. Yağmur Heffron:   yh356@cam.ac.uk
NB – Spaces are limited so please get in touch soon.

FEES
Conference Fee (includes lunch at University Centre on Friday and Saturday): £30.00 / £20.00 for students. Conference Dinner (three course dinner in Trinity College on Friday): £50.00.

Building work at Ancient India and Iran Trust: w/b 29 June

Due to building work in our basement, visitors should expect some noise and disruption during the week beginning 29th June.  The library will be open as usual but we apologise for any inconvenience.

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma – Exhibition at the V&A

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Unknown Photographer, Portrait of Major-General Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902), Madras Army, (?)1880s, British Library, Photo 612(1).  noc

Once heard, the exotically-named Linnaeus Tripe is difficult to forget. Yet even in his own lifetime and certainly in the century and more since his death in 1902, appreciation of one of the most accomplished photographers in 19th-century India has been restricted to a limited circle of photographic and architectural historians. A comprehensive survey exhibition of his work, to which the British Library was a major lender, has been on show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York over the past nine months. The third venue of this exhibition, opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 24 June, will give British audiences the opportunity to see some 70 examples of his work from Burma and South India.

– See more of this blog post by John Falconer (Lead Curator, Visual Arts, British Library) at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2015/06/captain-linnaeus-tripe-photographer-of-india-and-burma.html#sthash.EoXqvBHk.dpuf

British Museum seeks new Curator: South Asia

The British Museum’s Asia department is seeking a new Curator: South Asia to curate, develop and make widely accessible the South Asia Collection, working within the museum’s overall objectives. The scope of the South Asia Collections is extensive and this role will have a primary responsibility in the area of Indian sculpture. This is an exciting opportunity to work for the most visited attraction in the UK and for those looking to leverage their curatorial career.

Key areas of responsibility:

• To ensure (in consultation with line manager and Keeper) that the South Asia collections are well cared for and used to public benefit.
• To serve as a curatorial team member working on the South Asia collections and in particular to curate the sculpture collections;
• To ensure that the collections are appropriately displayed, researched and catalogued, stored, augmented, and made accessible, including through exhibitions on and off site, through the online database, and through lectures and publications; as well as by answering public enquiries.
• To engage with colleagues in South Asia and contribute actively to the delivery of the Museum’s South Asia Strategy
• To undertake scholarly endeavour in field of specialisation.
• To participate in all general department programmes and work closely with other department members, as well as with visiting colleagues, especially from South Asia.

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in either archaeology, art history, or South Asian studies, with a special emphasis on India. You will also have previous experience of working for a Museum or relevant teaching experience, including either in a voluntary or professional status position. IS skills including all standard word processing skills will be essential to the role as will the ability to quickly learn the Museum’s database. The successful applicant will also have good organisational, time management and project delivery skills.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6 million visitors in 2013, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies, the sculptures from Amaravati and the Admonitions Scroll.
The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

• Membership of the civil service pension scheme
• Generous annual leave allowance
• Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
• Interest-free season ticket loan
• Child care voucher scheme
• Professional & personal development opportunities
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are a positive individual, passionate about the Museum and would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please follow the “Apply now” link below where you will be directed to complete your application.

Reference: 1472577
Salary: £27,360 per annum
Contract: Permanent (Full time)

Closing Date Tuesday 14 July 2015


If you have any queries regarding this role, please email us at bm@penna.com or call 0845 601 1124. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of any email and at the beginning of a call.

Friday 5 June, 5.30pm: Rosemary Crill – The Fabric of India. Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge

Friday 5 June, 5.30pm

Rosemary Crill

The Fabric of India

This illustrated talk is a preview of the major exhibition of the same name to be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum this autumn. It is the first exhibition to give an overview of the whole spectrum of Indian textiles, including their materials and techniques, their use and patronage, their global trade and their place in India today.

Dr Rosemary Crill is Senior Curator (South Asia) in the Asian Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and specialises in Indian textiles and dress and in Rajasthani painting. She is the author, editor and co-editor of many books and catalogues including Indian Embroidery, Textiles from India: the Global Trade, Chintz: Indian textiles for the West and The Indian Portrait 1560-1860. She is the Senior Curator of the forthcoming Fabric of India exhibition.

All welcome. Refreshments from 5pm.

Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 356841
E-mail: info@indiran.org

From the archives

Some unexpected recent discoveries at the Ancient India and Iran Trust were two preserved leaves from the bodhi or pipal tree (ficus religiosa).

Bailey misc 1_6According to Professor Bailey’s note, he discovered the leaf on 29 May 1941 in Professor Rapson’s copy of Ausgewählte Erzählungen in Māhārāshṭrī, edited by Hermann Jacobi, Leipzig, 1886 (AIIT A11G 7). The leaf is inscribed, presumably by Professor Rapson himself,  “Bo Tree (Peepul) / Temple of / the Tooth / Kandy / Nov. 1914.”

Professor Edward Rapson (1861-1937) began his distinguished career as a numismatist in the department of coins and medals at the British Museum in 1887. In 1906 he left to become Professor of Sanskrit at Cambridge and was succeeded on his retirement in 1936 by Harold Bailey. One of Rapson’s most important works was the decipherment and edition with Auguste M. Boyer and Émile Senart of the Kharoshthi documents discovered by Stein at Niya in Central Asia. This was a subject dear to Bailey’s heart, indeed his volumes are so well-used that they are in a somewhat sad condition.

HWB_Rapson_1936Edward Rapson and Harold Bailey in 1936  (AIIT Bailey archive)

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, and houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha, brought to Sri Lanka, according to legend, in the 4th century AD by Princess Hemamali, hidden in her hair.

P1585Lithograph by Jonathan Needham (fl.1850-1874) after Charles D.C. O’Brien of ‘The Malagawa Temple, Kandy’ in Sri Lanka, dated 1st January 1864. This print forms plate 2 of ‘A series of fifteen Views of Ceylon illustrative of Sir J.E. Tennent’s work, from sketches made on the spot by Capt C. O’Brien, late Assistant Surveyor General, Ceylon’ London, 1864 ( British Library P1585). Public domain

The bodhi or pipal tree (ficus religiosa) is regarded as sacred in that it was the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree symbolizes enlightenment and peace while its bark, fruit and, especially, leaves are believed to have medicinal properties and are used for the treatment of asthma, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, gastric problems, inflammatory disorders, jaundice and heart disorders.

HW_125_1A Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (AIIT Howard Wilson archive)

The Trust also has a second bodhi leaf in its collections: this one collected by Sir Harold himself in Bangkok in December 1963:

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