Natalija Ristovska will address the topic “Between China and the Viking North: A group of 9th/10th-century Byzantine silverware as evidence of mediaeval cross-cultural interchange”. The event is organised by the Centre for Hellenic Studies.
This talk will examine a group of Byzantine silver vessels datable to the 9th/10th centuries from the perspective of cross-cultural interchange between the Byzantine empire and foreign polities. In particular, it will focus on the impact of the medieval Chinese material culture on Byzantine silverworking, and the export of the resulting Byzantine products from the centres of the empire to Bulgaria, Hungary, Gotland, and the region directly to the west of the Ural Mountains.
Natalija Ristovska is a D.Phil. student in archaeology, University of Oxford. Her research interests include various aspects of the Byzantine minor arts such as patronage, ownership and patterns of use; production centres and distribution patterns of medieval vessels, furnishings and jewellery made of or decorated with metal and glass; exchange in crafted goods and skilled artisans between the Byzantine empire and foreign polities, as well as the impact of such exchange on the production and tastes of the recipient societies.