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Verre byzantin et islamiqueByzantine and Islamic Glass

Maria Mossakowska-Gaubert

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HARDIE, Peter
Mamluk Glass from China ?
WARD, Rachel
Gilded and Enamelled Glass from the Middle East
British Museum Press, London, 1998, p. 85-90
British Museum (LondresLondon) ; C.L. David Collection (CopenhagueCopenhagen) ; Freer Gallery of Art (Washington) ; Gulbenkian Museum (LisbonneLisbon) ; Museum für Islamische Kunst (Berlin) ; Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) ; Museum of Islamic Art (Le CaireCairo) ; Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) ; Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo-Ohio)

[1250, 1500]
• Examining the Islamic presence in China:
– merchant communities (since 8th century);
– immigrants (especially 13th century).

• Sources of imported Islamic glass objects - contacts between China and Muslim states:
– trade,
– voyages,
– pilgrimage souvenirs,
– diplomatic gifts,
– “tribute missions”,
– Ottoman-inspired missionaries (19th century).

• Written evidence:
– “Ming Shi-lu”- the History of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),
– Huang Shengzeng, “A Catalogue of Western Ocean Tribute to Court” (1520).

• Possible reasons for the departure of Islamic glass from China to Europe and America at the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century:
– pauperisation of China,
– natural disasters,
– civil war.

• Examples of Middle Eastern gilded and enamelled glass vessels said to have come from China:
– bottles (fig. 20.1; 20.3; 20.4; 20.6; 20.7; 21.6),
– stem bowls (fig. 20.2; 20.8),
– bowls (fig. 11.1; 11,2; 21.4),
– vase (fig. 21.5),
– beaker (fig. 12.2),
– candlestick with an inscription (fig. 20.5).
Chine China consommation

Version 5, données dudata date 30 janvier 2013January 30th 2013