Exhibition of Byzantine and early Islamic coins curated by CBOMGS doctoral researchers

Picture of the Faith and Fortune exhibition at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, curated by CBOMGS postgraduates

The exhibition, Faith and Fortune: visualizing the divine on Byzantine and early Islamic coinage, opened at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts on the University of Birmingham campus in November 2013 and will run for one year. It exhibits items from the Barber’s world-class collection of Byzantine coins and was curated by a team of postgraduates from CBOMGS (Rebecca Darley and Daniel Reynolds, with Ali Miynat and Maria Vrij).

Reflecting the expertise and interests of the curatorial team, the exhibition takes a strongly historical approach to coins. Its interpretative display has been positively received, described as ‘visually stunning’ and innovative. It explores the evolution of sacred image and sacred word on Byzantine and early Islamic coinage and includes examples of later Anatolian coinage.

The curatorial team was led by Rebecca Darley, who recently submitted her PhD on early Byzantine contact between the Red Sea and south India, and Daniel Reynolds, who also recently submitted his PhD dissertation on Christian pilgrimage to the early Islamic Levant. The curatorial team also included Maria Vrij and Ali Miynat, both PhD students at CBOMGS working, respectively on the imagery on Byzantine coins during the Iconoclast period and the coinage of the 11th- and 12th-century Turkmen states of Anatolia.

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