The Mobility of Persian Artefacts: The Sanguszko Carpet in Motion
with Yuka Kadoi
Originally woven in Iran during the sixteenth century, one of the most celebrated classical Persian carpets to survive today — the “Sanguszko Carpet”, currently housed at the Miho Museum in Japan — made an extraordinary intercontinental journey. It found its way to Europe during the early modern period and continued its journey across the Atlantic Ocean in the early twentieth century; furthermore, it went on an odyssey across the Pacific Ocean afterwards. In this illustrated talk, Yuka Kadoi makes a fresh analysis of the sociocultural migratory journey of the Sanguszko Carpet, while shedding new light on the mechanisms of cross-continental object sharing and networking across different oceanic spheres.
About the speaker:
Yuka Kadoi (Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, History of Art) is Project Leader at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, Institute of Art History, University of Vienna, sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, Departments of Oriental Studies and East Asian Studies, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Budapest. Her main research interests include the mobility of artefacts, history of collecting, museum studies and art historiography, with the focus on the Persian cultural sphere. She is the author of Islamic Chinoiserie. The art of Mongol Iran (EUP, 2009) and a forthcoming monograph on the early 20th-century history and historiography of Persian art in global contexts (under contract with EUP), and the editor or co-editor of numerous volumes, including The Shaping of Persian Art (2013); Arthur Upham Pope and A New Survey of Persian Art (2016); Persian Art: Image-making in Eurasia (2018) and The Reshaping of Persian Art (2019).
To the left: Sanguszko Carpet. © Miho Museum, Japan