EurAsian Matters

China, Europe, and the Transcultural Object, 1600-1800

  • Anna Grasskamp
  • Monica Juneja

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Monica Juneja, Anna Grasskamp
      Pages 3-33
  3. Objects Easily Forgotten

  4. Transcultural Objectifications of Nature

  5. Ceramic Matters

  6. Postscripts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Anne Gerritsen
      Pages 239-246
    3. Marta Ajmar
      Pages 247-253

About this book


The volume examines the mutually constitutive relationship between the materiality of objects and their aesthetic meanings. Its approach connects material culture with art history, curation, technologies and practices of making. A central dimension of the case studies collected here is the mobility of objects between Europe and China and the transformations that unfold as a result of their transcultural lives. Many of the objects studied here are relatively unknown or understudied. The stories they recount suggest new ways of thinking about space, cultural geographies and the complex and often contradictory association of power and culture. These studies of transcultural objects can suggest pathways for museum experts by uncovering the multi-layered identities and temporalities of objects that can no longer be labelled as located in single regions. It is also addressed to students of art history, of European and Chinese studies and scholars of consumer culture.

« This eagerly awaited volume offers deep and extensive insights into the fast-growing field of material culture studies. Its fresh approach to Eurasian objects and materialities will serve  as useful reading for all scholars interested in transcultural and global studies. A very helpful introductory essay. »


Sabine du Crest, University of Bordeaux Montaigne, Former Fellow, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.



Consumer culture Early modern China Global art history Material culture Transcultural objects Cultural mobility Materiality of objects

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Grasskamp
    • 1
  • Monica Juneja
    • 2
  1. 1.Academy of Visual ArtsHong Kong Baptist UniversityHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Cluster of Excellence Asia & Europe in a Global ContextHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-75640-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-75641-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-656X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-6578
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