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Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World



Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World

Daniela Bleichmar, Meredith Martin

ISBN: 978-1-119-21734-3 July 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World presents a collection of 12 original essays that examine the circulation of objects across global regions and cultures from the 16th to 18th centuries.

  • Features essays that represents an extremely wide cultural, geographical, and material scope while offering new insights into the specificity of early modern exchange
  • Inspires broader questions about the disciplinary boundaries and frameworks of art history, visual culture, and material culture
  • Presents innovative research that sheds new light on little-known historical objects and phenomena
  • Calls into question traditional geographies and hierarchies associated with global exchange and challenges outdated center-periphery models

Notes on Contributors 

Introduction: Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World (Meredith Martin and Daniela Bleichmar) 

1. Exotica on the Move: Birds of Paradise in Early Modern Holland (Claudia Swan)

2.The Persian Madonna and Child: Commodified Gifts between Diplomacy and Armed Struggle (Sinem Arcak Casale)

3. Mirror Reflections: Louis XIV, Phra Narai, and the Material Culture of Kingship (Meredith Martin)

4. An Imperial Mughal Tent and Mobile Sovereignty in Eighteenth-Century Jodhpur (Zirwat Chowdhury)

5. History in Pictures: Translating the Codex Mendoza (Daniela Bleichmar)

6. Chinese Porcelain and Muslim Port Cities: Mercantile Materiality in Coastal East Africa (Sandy Prita Meier) 

7. Chairs, Writing Tables, and Chests: Indian Ocean Furniture and the Postures of Commercial Documentation in Coastal Yemen, 1700–40 (Nancy Um) 

8. Metamorphosis at the Mughal Court (Jessica Keating)

9.Transporting India: The Gentil Album and Mughal Manuscript Culture (Chanchal Dadlani)

10. Peepboxes, Society, and Visuality in Early Modern China (Kristina Kleutghen)

11. From Byōbu to Biombo: The Transformation of the Japanese Folding Screen in Colonial Mexico (Sofía Sanabrais)

12. Nails, Necklaces and Curiosities: Scenes of Exchange in Bougainville's Tahiti (Mary Sheriff)