6. Muslim Potters in Christian-Ruled Valencia: the 20th Century Politics of Pottery Excavation, Collection and Display
Anna McSweeney [+]
University of Sussex
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.