About the Artist

Jake Benson, is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Leiden, and a graduate of the Persian Flagship programme at the University of Maryland, College Park. His primary research focus has been on the history of paper marbling in the Islamic world. At the invitation of curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jake contributed an essay “The Art of Abri: Marbled Album Leaves, Drawings, and Paintings of the Deccan” along with captions for several masked marbled drawings to the exhibition catalogue Art of the Deccan Sultans 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy in 2015. In addition to his language skills, Jake also trained as a bookbinder, conservator, and paper marbler specialising in historic pattern reproduction. From 2012 to March, 2016 he worked as Curator and Senior Conservator for the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation & Dar al-Kutub Manuscript Project (TIF-DAK), assisting the National Library of Egypt with the preservation, digitisation, cataloguing, and exhibition of their manuscripts written in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish.