Dr Sussan Babaie – “A nān-o halvā (Bread and Sweets) in the V&A: thoughts on the aesthetics of ‘taste’”

The last Royal Asiatic Society Lecture of 2014 saw Dr Sussan Babaie deliver an address on A nān-o halvā (Bread and Sweets) in the V&A: thoughts on the aesthetics of ‘taste’. Dr Babaie used the beautiful Nān-o halvā manuscript in the Victoria and Albert Museum collection as a springboard to take a wider look at imagery and the aesthetics of food and ‘taste’ in a variety of depictions in sixteenth and seventeenth century Persian art. Further to enjoying a marvellous and stimulating lecture, the audience was also grateful for Dr Babaie’s presentation of several beautiful images of Persian manuscripts, frescoes and ceramics. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session with Dr Babaie, as well as a drinks reception. 
 Dr. Sussan Babaie (Courtauld Institute) addresses the audience
2014 has been a hugely successful year for our lecture programme, featuring many wonderful speakers. We are very grateful to all of them, as well as to everyone who attended. We look forward to welcoming you again in 2015, when our Lecture Series recommences on 15 January with Dr Santanu Das (King’s College, University of London) speaking on British India and the First World War: words, objects and images.
Until then, we send our best wishes to all our blog readers for the upcoming holidays.