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Title: The green and the brown : a Study of Paterna Ceramics in Mudéjar, Spain
Author: McSweeney, Anna
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis is an art historical analysis of the tin-glazed ceramics decorated with green and brown pigments which were made in Paterna, in Spain, in the fourteenth century. The potters who made them were mostly mudéjares, Muslims working under Christian rule in the Crown of Aragon; the use of the term mudéjar and the notion of convivencia are explored in the theoretical framework. Far from being a small, local production site, this thesis reveals a sophisticated and complex ceramics industry through its exploration of the history and production of these ceramics. The Paterna potters were part of a western Mediterranean movement in tin-glazed ceramics, which exploited new connections in international trade in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. They used Islamic production techniques, but adapted their typologies to include a range of forms that were new to ceramics in the region. The iconographical study demonstrates that the potters drew on a wide variety of sources, from both west and east, to create the motifs that decorate the ceramics. The corpus of material which forms the basis for this study is illustrated in the Catalogue, as a separate volume which, for the first time, brings together images of all the ceramics of this type.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral