Collecting the Colours: The Early Interest in Fustat Ceramics

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7:00 pm
Russell Square: College Buildings
Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
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About this event

Medieval Islamic ceramics from Old Cairo, through the diversity of their techniques, forms and colourful decoration, aroused the enthusiasm of Western amateurs in the late 19th century.

This caused an intensification of collecting through various means: surveys by individuals and professionals, early limited excavations. The study and provenance of these collections of Fustat ceramics made between the late 19th and the early 20th century highlights the issues of the modes of acquisition and the interactions between dealers' networks and collectors. It also invites the scholar to reexamine the provenance and journey of certain objects.

The lecture will be chaired by Professor Scott Redford.

Speaker biography

Dr Carine Juvin has been working at the Louvre Museum, Islamic Art Department, since 2005, where she is presently Curator for the Medieval Near East collections. She also teaches history of Islamic art at the École du Louvre (Paris), Paris Diderot University and Strasbourg University. Her research focuses on the material culture of the medieval Near East, epigraphy and calligraphy, and the historiography of Islamic art.



Image: A very large group of mostly Fatimid and Mamluk pottery 'Fustat' shards the majority Egypt and Syria, 10th to 14th century. © Christie's, Lot 88, 7 April 2011 sale.