SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

African Rock Crystal: Production and Trade between the 9th-12th centuries

St├ęphane Pradines (Associate Professor, Aga Khan University)

Date: 16 January 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 16 January 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

In August 2013, an archaeological excavation in Mayotte, a small island of the Comoros archipelago in the Western Indian Ocean, has uncovered large quantities of fragments of rock crystal in the form of chips and flakes of different sizes. With this it is now possible to be more precise than the Arab written sources on trade in the Indian Ocean during the medieval period and to pinpoint the exact international trade route and exportation centres. The quantities of rock crystal uncovered during the excavation leads us to believe that the mineral was imported to Mayotte from Madagascar in draft form, then resized and exported to the Middle East - mainly Iran and Egypt.

Organiser: Anna Contadini

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