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Pedro Moura Carvalho

October 5 - November 26, 2013

Project Title: Jade carvings from Mughal India and Qing China; their stylistic relationships and unambiguous differences

Project Abstract: The intrinsic qualities of jade (nephrite) made it a material of choice for the carving of exquisite objects in both India and China. During the Qing Period (1644-1911), and following Emperor Qianlong's taste, local carvers emulated the refined designs and sophisticated techniques of their Indian counterparts. Whether they were successful remains to be seen but there are reasons to believe that only on rare occasions might Qing jades be confused with Indian models. A residency at Shangri La will facilitate the examination of the DDFIA collection, and contextualize the problematic issues around these two productions as well as to establish their aesthetic, stylistic and technical characteristics. The role of the Delhi workshops and the so-called tourism trade to which they catered to in the nineteenth century will also be analyzed.

Pedro Moura Carvalho (Ph.D., 2003, SOAS) is chief curator of the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore. He has published extensively on the European contribution to the arts of India, Iran and China. Among his publications are Luxury for Export. Artistic Exchange Between India and Portugal Around 1600 (2008), Gems and Jewels of Mughal India in the Khalili Collection (2010), and Mirʾāt al-quds (Mirror of Holiness): A Life of Christ for Emperor Akbar, a Commentary on Father Jerome Xavier's Text and the Miniatures of Cleveland Museum of Art (2012). 

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Each of the four scholars selected by a juried review process in 2013 pursued research projects on the following theme: "Islamic South Asia."

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