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Organized Panel Session

4 - Asian in Character, Persian in Design. Achaemenid Persian Ceramics in 21st-Century Asia and the U.S.

Friday, March 23
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Virginia Suite A, Lobby Level

This contribution will introduce and compare various contemporary displays and (non-displays) of Achaemenid Persian ceramics in Asian and Non-Asian museums. First recognized and defined as an individual group of materials by members of the large scale and multi-decade excavations at Pasargadae, Persepolis, and Susa,  the ceramics of this period have never received the attention and popularity in modern research and museums as Achaemenid Persian metal-ware, or types of other specific Asian or even ancient Greek ceramics. In my contribution, I will challenge common assumptions by introducing and exploring the full potentials available when contextualizing and rethinking Achaemenid Persian ceramics in historiography and modern museum context. I will first explore how materials from these sites entered collections worldwide; discuss aspects of taxonomies and underlying historiographic concepts, the ways these materials have been studied. I will then focus on specific examples on how ancient Achaemenid Persian ceramics are displayed in museums in Japan, the US and Iran today. Ultimately, my contribution will provide an up-to-date critique and acknowledge where we are and how we can proceed with the study of Achaemenid Persian ceramics in the 21st century Asian context. 

Eilanra Abdesho-Kavsi

George Washington University, District of Columbia

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