The Mercantile Effect

On Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World During the 17th and 18th Centuries

Edited by Sussan Babaie and Melanie Gibson

The Mercantile Effect

Edited by Sussan Babaie and Melanie Gibson

Distributed for The Gingko Library

With Contributions by Anna Ballian, Nicole Kancal Ferrari, Frederica Gigante, Francesco Gusella, Negar Habibi, Sinem Erdoğan Işkorkutan, Gul Kale, Dipti Khera, William Kynan-Wilson, Suet May Lam, Amy Landau, George Manginis, Zaheen Maqbool, Christos Merantzas, Alexandra Roy, and Nancy Um
160 pages | 170 color plates | 9 1/2 x 10
Cloth $59.95 ISBN: 9781909942103 Published March 2018 Not for sale in the UK or Ireland
This lavishly illustrated book collects papers delivered at the third Gingko conference: “The Mercantile Effect: On Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World During 17th ̶18th Centuries.” Held in Berlin, this meeting brought together a group of established and early-career scholars to discuss how the movement of Armenian, Indian, Chinese, Persian, Turkish, and European merchants and their trade goods spread new ideas and new technologies across Western Asia in the early modern era. Through the newly-established Dutch, English, and French East India companies, as well as much older mercantile networks, prestigious exotic commodities—silk, ivory, books, glazed porcelains—were transported east and west. The collected essays in this volume introduce a fascinating array of not only trade objects but also customs and traditions that bring this period of intense cultural interplay to life.
 
Contents
Foreword by Melanie Gibson
 
Introduction by Sussan Babaie The Mercantile Effect: On Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World
 
Suet May Lam Fantasies of the East: ‘Shopping’ in Early Modern Eurasia
 
Amy S. Landau The Armenian Artist Minas and Seventeenth-Century Notions of ‘Life-Likeness’
 
William Kynan-Wilson ‘Painted by the Turcks themselves’: Reading Peter Mundy’s Ottoman costume Album in Context
 
Nicole Kançal-Ferrari Golden Watches and Precious Textiles: Luxury Goods at the Crimean Khans’ Court and the Northern Black Sea Shore
 
Nancy Um Aromatics, Stimulants, and their Vessels: The Material Culture and Rites of Merchant Interaction in Eighteenth-Century Mocha
 
Federica Gigante Trading Islamic Artworks in Seventeenth-Century Italy: the Case of the Cospi Museum
 
Anna Ballian From Genoa to Constantinople: The Silk Industry of Chios
 
Christos Merantzas Ottoman Textiles Within an Ecclesiastical Context: Cultural Osmoses in Mainland Greece
 
Francesco Gusella Behind the Practice of Partnership: Seventeenth-Century Portuguese Devotional Ivories of West India
 
Gül Kale Visual Embodied Memory of an ottoman Architect: Travelling on Campaign, Pilgrimage and Trade Routes in the Middle East
 
Contributors
 
Review Quotes
Newsletter of the Oriental Ceramic Society
“This elegant volume edited by Sussan Babaie and Melanie Gibson is a pioneer effort. . . superbly illustrated and kaleidoscopically examined.”
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