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dc.contributor.authorvan Kessel, Elsje
dc.identifier.citationvan Kessel , E 2020 , ' The inventories of the Madre de Deus : tracing Asian material culture in early modern England ' , Journal of the History of Collections , vol. 32 , no. 2 , pp. 207-223 .
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-0267-5154/work/64697895
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dc.descriptionThis article was made possible by the generous financial support of the Leverhulme Trust, and by the hospitality of cham – Centre for the Humanities at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.en
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the impact made by the taking of the ship Madre de Deus in 1592 on the circulation of Asian material culture in England. As a Portuguese cargo ship on its way from Goa, the Madre de Deus was filled with precious and exotic objects – an immense treasure for the English privateers who seized it. An examination of the extensive archival record generated by the ship’s capture allows for a reconstruction of the cargo. Probing inventories and other documents for their material and formal qualities as much as for their contents, the article argues that written documents became an instrument with which the English authorities tried to control the uncontrollable movements of the booty. The pathways subsequently followed by some of the items recovered are traced, and the question of how they affected England’s artistic culture is addressed.
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dc.subjectAC Collections. Series. Collected worksen
dc.subjectCD921 Archivesen
dc.subjectDA Great Britainen
dc.subjectDS Asiaen
dc.subjectN Fine Artsen
dc.titleThe inventories of the Madre de Deus : tracing Asian material culture in early modern Englanden
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorThe Leverhulme Trusten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Art Historyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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