A Water Basin from Mosul in Berlin
Abstract A water basin from Mosul in the Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin functions as an example for the representation, display, and reading of cross-cultural objects in the museum. By reflecting on the presentation of the basin over time, former and current trends of exhibiting objects with cross-cultural historical backgrounds in the museum become obvious. Still being appreciated mainly for their beauty and craftsmanship, such objects oscillate between their perception as so-called masterpieces as well as their perception of being testimonies of mutuality in exchange in a broader context.
Keywords Cross-Culturality, Display, Masterpiece, Hybridity, Othering