Sobotka, Maria: Displaying Cross-Culturality: A Water Basin from Mosul in Berlin, in Troelenberg, Eva-Maria, Schankweiler, Kerstin und Messner, Anna Sophia (Hrsg.): Reading Objects in the Contact Zone, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2021 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Band 9), S. 58–65. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.766.c10403

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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