Reading Objects in the Contact Zone
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Sobotka, Maria: Displaying Cross-Culturality, in: Troelenberg, Eva-Maria, Schankweiler, Kerstin and Messner, Anna Sophia (Eds.): Reading Objects in the Contact Zone, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2021 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Vol. 9).

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Published 10.06.2021.

Maria Sobotka

Displaying Cross-Culturality

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