Between three worlds : the "Veneto-Saracenic" candleholder of Docheiariou Monastery

Title: Between three worlds : the "Veneto-Saracenic" candleholder of Docheiariou Monastery
Variant title:
  • Mezi třemi světy : "Benátsko-saracénský" svícen z kláštera Docheiariou
Source document: Convivium. 2020, vol. 7, iss. 2, pp. 58-73
  • ISSN
    2336-3452 (print)
    2336-808X (online)
Type: Article
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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 This article, besides presenting this previously unpublished object for the first time, presents a discussion of the dynamic behind the candleholder's reception and the network through which it could have reached Mount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.