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The Hidden Life of Textiles in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean
Contexts and Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Islamic, Latinate and Eastern Christian Worlds

N. Vryzidis (ed.)
approx. 250 p., 64 b/w ill. + 47 colour ill., 178 x 254 mm
ISBN: 978-2-503-58773-8
Languages: English, French
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Published papers of the conference 'Textiles & Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean: Paradigms of Contexts and Cross-Cultural Exchanges’, held at the British School at Athens and the (Benaki) Museum of Islamic Art at Athens in 2016, as well as some new contributions.

The book contains published papers of the conference 'Textiles & Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean: Paradigms of Contexts and Cross-Cultural Exchanges the British School at Athens and held at the (Benaki) Museum of Islamic Art at Athens in 2016, as well as some new contributions.

The focus in this varied collection of studies by key scholars in the field is on textiles and their functions in various Mediterranean contexts (and beyond) during Medieval and Post-Medieval times (ca. 10th-19th c.). The scope of the contributions encompasses archaeological, anthropological and art historical perspectives on diverse subjects, such as textiles from the Byzantine Empire and the Medieval Islamic World (e.g. Spain, Mamluk Egypt, Seljuk Anatolia), Italy, the Ottoman Empire, Armenia and Ethiopia. The volume offers a state-of-the-art of an often still hardly known scope in studies of textiles as historical and cultural sources of information, which makes it essential reading for scholars and a larger audience alike.

The book includes contributions by Avinoam Shalem, Scott Redford, Marielle Martiniani-Reber, Dickran Kouymjian, Laura Rodrguez Peinado, Ana Cabrera-Lafuente, Vera-Simone Schulz, Nikolaos Vryzidis, Elena Papastavrou, Jacopo Gnisci and Maria Sardi.

Nikolaos Vryzidis received his PhD from SOAS, University of London, with a thesis on Greek clerical costume of the Ottoman period. He has already published on the subject in journals like Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Convivium, Iran, JOTSA and Orientalia Christiana Periodica. His research interests are centred on material culture of religion, cross-cultural encounters in the Medieval Mediterranean, and Byzantine-Islamic interchange.

Table of Contents

Laura Rodríguez Peinado (Complutense University of Madrid) & Ana Cabrera Lafuente (Museo del Traje, Madrid): New approaches in Mediterranean textile studies: Andalusi textiles as case study
Avinoam Shalem (Columbia University): Metaphors we dress with: Medieval poetics about textiles
Scott Redford (SOAS, University of London): Flags of the Seljuk sultanate of Anatolia: Visual and textual evidence|
Maria Sardi (Independent scholar): Foreign influences in Mamluk textiles: The formation of a new aesthetic
Vera-Simone Schulz (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz): Entangled identities: Textiles and the art and architecture of the Appenine peninsula in a trans-Mediterranean perspective
Nikolaos Vryzidis (Independent scholar): Animal motifs on Asian textiles used by the Greek Church: A case study of Christian Acculturation
Appendix by Dimitris Loupis: Woven Islamic inscriptions
Marielle Martiniani-Reber (Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva): Quelques aspects des relations entre productions textiles byzantine et arabe au Xe-XIe siècles
Elena Papastavrou (Hellenic Ministry of Culture): Osmosis in Ottoman Constantinople: The iconography of Greek church embroidery
Jacopo Gnisci (Oxford University): Ecclesiastic dress in Medieval Ethiopia: Preliminary remarks on the visual evidence
Dickran Kouymjian (California State University, Fresno): Armenian altar curtains: Repository of tradition and artistic innovation
Nikolaos Vryzidis: Concluding remarks: Textiles as units of transmission

Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Ancient history & archaeology: Europe
Greece
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : auxiliary sciences
Archaeology
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
East-Central & Eastern Europe
Balkans & Near East

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