IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 141: Medieval Jewellery, I: Jewellery as a Medium of Cultural Transfer - Jewellery Hoards of Central Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean in Multicultural Contact Zones

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie, Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
Moderator/Chair:Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie, Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
Paper 141-aThe Chalcis Treasure: Somewhere In-Between Venice and Byzantium
(Language: English)
Nikos D. Kontogiannis, Department of Archaeology & History of Art, Koç University, Istanbul
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Byzantine Studies
Paper 141-bThe Erfurt Treasure - Jewellery Made by Christian Goldsmiths for Jewish Use?
(Language: English)
Maria Stürzebecher, Kulturdirektion, Landeshauptstadt Erfurt
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 141-cA 13th-Century Jewellery Hoard Buried in the Time of the Latin Occupation of Byzantine Thessaloniki
(Language: English)
Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie, Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
Abstract

‘Cultural transfer’ is a key factor in the study of the Middle Ages and jewellery, by definition a mobile genre of art, is particularly significant in this context. Mostly commissioned, ordered and/or worn by the elite, it reflects contemporary fashions, styles and craftsmanship, but also beliefs and personal attachments; and demonstrates the intercultural and inter-religious exchange of ruling and non-ruling elites. This session focuses on hoards found in the contact zones between Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean during the 14th and 15th centuries. These treasures reflect highly mobile, multi-cultural societies where motifs and ideas were transferred through minor objects.