Title: Between three worlds : the "Veneto-Saracenic" candleholder of Docheiariou Monastery
Mezi třemi světy : "Benátsko-saracénský" svícen z kláštera Docheiariou
Source document: Convivium. 2020, vol. 7, iss. 2, pp. 58-73
ISSN2336-3452 (print)2336-808X (online)
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The collection of the Docheiariou monastery, held on Mount Athos, contains a Veneto-Saracenic inlaid candleholder decorated with a European coat of arms. While the object itself is a modest, unremarkable example of Mamluk-Latin cultural interaction, its unexpected location in the sacristy of a Greek Orthodox monastery makes for a complex case study. This article, besides presenting this previously unpublished object for the first time, presents a discussion of the dynamic behind the candleholder's reception and the network through which it could have reached Mount Athos. It considers several important questions and serves as a starting point for a renewed analysis of interconnectivity in the eastern Mediterranean during the late Middle Ages. Finally, the article also explores neglected channels of direct and indirect interrelation between Byzantine and Mamluk aesthetics.
- Photography and fieldtrips for this research were supported with grants from the Barakat Trust (Oxford University) and the Fondacion Max Van Berchem, Geneva.