CIHA 2016 in Beijing

34th World Congress of Art History

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The Cross Cultural and the Problem of the Everyday: The Case of Twelfth-Century Europe

Session 7 Translation and Change

Bard Graduate Center


Traditionally the reception of an object into a new spatial or temporal environment has been viewed as an eloquent, even if misunderstood, migrant which is serves as a member in a production network of high-end goods, moving in the realm of court culture and other types of medieval high-end consumerism. The purpose of this paper is to examine, through which we might call the "mundane" or “everyday” material goods, the notion of the cross cultural global during the twelfth century. Focusing on a set of examples from the mid-twelfth century the paper will uncover a complex and highly qualified network of global exchange in which workshops in south India produced consumer goods, such as basins, trays, and candlesticks to be sold across Europe and Mediterranean from Cordoba in Spain through Palermo, Jerusalem and Cairo. This network, very-well documented through textual sources and less so through surviving objects, will call our attention to the notion of change, reception and exchange through a somewhat silent even if salient network for the movement of goods. with this constructed network, the paper shall return and reexamine our notions of cross-cultural exchange has been regarded in the Middle Ages and with this will come to regard the notion of technology and production as we understand to effect and manipulate the networks of cross-cultural exchange.


Ittai Weinryb is an assistant Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Hi book, The Bronze Object in the Middle Ages was published with Cambridge University Press in 2016. He is currently organizing a large-scale exhibition on votive offerings.