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2020 Annual McCoy Jones Lecture



The Thirteenth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture

Portable Storage: Tribal Weavings from Anatolia to Iran


Due to ongoing concerns with the coronavirus, this event has been postponed.

We plan to reschedule when possible.


Presented by Deniz Beyazit, PhD Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10 am Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free. Museum admission is not required to attend this lecture.

Woven bags carried by nomads in the Middle East were designed to contain all of the necessities of life, from bedding to salt. This talk will present distinctly patterned examples of woven bags from nomadic cultures from Anatolia to Iran. Featuring geometric patterns as well as stylized floral and animal motifs, these textiles are both utilitarian and expressive of a highly sophisticated tribal aesthetic. These brightly colored works of tribal weavings from the region lend insight into a way of life practiced in the broader Middle East for hundreds of years. The talk draws from a selection of textiles that William and Inger Ginsberg donated in 2015 and 2018 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Dr. Deniz Beyazit is Associate Curator in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Among her exhibitions are Carpets of the East in Paintings from the West (2014 at The Met, and in 2015 at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto). Together with her colleagues Dr. Sheila Canby and Dr. Martina Rugiadi, she co-curated the landmark exhibition Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs (April 25–July 24, 2016) as well as co-authored its accompanying catalogue. Together with Walter B. Denny, she co-curated the exhibition Portable Storage: Tribal Weavings from the Collection of William and Inger Ginsberg (Sept 25, 2017–May 7, 2018). Among her other publications are her edited volume At the Crossroads of Empires: 14th–15th Century Eastern Anatolia (Varia Anatolica, 2012) and her monograph, Le décor architectural en pierre des Artuqides de Mardin placé dans leur context régional (début du XIIe – début XVe siècle) (Archaeopress, Oxford, 2016). She is co-author of Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany and Co., in preparation for the upcoming exhibition opening at The Met in July 2020 and responsible for Moore’s Islamic art collecting.


Regarding parking on the day of this lecture, please note: Due to the 150th Anniversary celebration of Golden Gate Park, all roads in the park will be closed to vehicles. This will apply to the Muni 44 bus as well. Muni will, however, run extra service on the 5-Fulton route. The Museum parking garage will be open, but is expected to fill up quickly. 

Image Credit: Face of half a Double Saddlebag (Khorjin) (detail), ca. 1850, Northwestern Iran or Azerbaijan, Shahsevan tribe. Wool (warp, ground weft, and sumak weft); sumak extra-weft wrapping (front); weft-faced plain weave (back), 26 in. (66 cm), x 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg, 2015.490.37


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