IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1503: Negotiating through Beasts: European Appropriations of Strange and Familiar Creatures from Distant Lands, I

Thursday 15 July 2004, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Clare College, University of Cambridge
Organiser:Aleksander G. Pluskowski, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Elaine C. Block, Misericordia International, Paris
Paper 1503-aFrom Lions to Unicorns: Moving Strange Animals and their Body Parts across High Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Aleksander G. Pluskowski, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Trade
Paper 1503-bThe Ostrich Transformed into Vulture: When Symbolism Comes to the Aid of the Imagination, or the Problem of Representing Exotic Animals in Medieval Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Rémy Cordonnier, Université de Lille III - Charles de Gaulle
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1503-cRepresentations of Exotic Creatures in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Sarah Wells, Department of Archaeology, University of Durham / Nautical Archaeology Society, North East Region, Hartlepool
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - Decorative Arts

Animals from distant lands held a particular fascination for medieval western societies. From heraldic motifs and ecclesiastical sculpture to travellers’ tales and living specimens in menageries, the appropriation of exotic species – from distant countries, the corners of the earth and even the depths of the oceans – represented an ongoing and exemplary process of cultural negotiation and transformation. These two sessions aim to explore this process through a series of comparable and contrasting case studies.