Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

6. Muslim Potters in Christian-Ruled Valencia: the 20th Century Politics of Pottery Excavation, Collection and Display

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

Anna McSweeney [+-]
University of Sussex
Anna McSweeney is a Lecturer in Art History at the School of History, Art History and Philosophy in the University of Sussex (United Kingdom). A specialist in the art and architecture of the western Mediterranean Islamic world, her publications include an edited volume of Art in Translation on Spain and Orientalism (2017) and a monograph on the Partal palace at the Alhambra (forthcoming, 2019). She was a research fellow at the Warburg Institute in London with the Bilderfahrzeuge Project (2015-2018) and at the Museum of Islamic art in Berlin (M.I.K.) as an Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices fellow with the Forum Transregionale Studien (2013-2014). She has been a teaching fellow at SOAS, University of London since being awarded her PhD there in 2012.

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Recent criticism in Spanish scholarship in particular of the term 'mudéjar' has led to its rejection as a suitable way of describing Islamicate art produced in medieval Spain. How then do we talk about the kind of art produced by these mixed communities in Spain? Where does the material culture of border communities fit in the contemporary politics of excavation, display and study? This paper will examine these questions from a study of tin-glazed and decorated 'green and brown' ceramics that were made in Paterna, near Valencia, in the first quarter of the 14th century. The potters were mostly Muslim, but they worked within increasingly mixed societies, for consumers with a wide range of cultural and artistic references.

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McSweeney, Anna. 6. Muslim Potters in Christian-Ruled Valencia: the 20th Century Politics of Pottery Excavation, Collection and Display. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781797884. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36075. Date accessed: 20 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36075. Sep 2020

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