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Gardens As Art: Aesthetic Journeys around the World, Botanical Art: Cairo’s Matarea GardenJ


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Botanical Art: Cairo’s Matarea Garden by Marcus Milwright, is the second lecture in the series. During the Medieval period the finest balsam oil was traded for its weight in gold. The source of this precious substance was a walled garden owned by the sultan of Egypt, and located in the town of Matarea just outside of Cairo. This talk uses visual sources and texts, including European travel accounts and Coptic religious writings, to reconstruct the topography of the garden in the centuries prior to the demise of the last balsam tree in 1615.

Poster Art Lecture Series ~DD~8.5x11 2019Dec12.pdf

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