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Claudia Swan
Washington University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2011 – 8/31/2011

Gift of State: Diplomacy and Dutch Material Culture in the Ottoman Empire in the Early Seventeenth Century

The aim of this project is to render an account, by way of historical and archival research in the Netherlands and in Turkey, of the first diplomatic gift presented by the Netherlands to the Ottoman court, and to offer an analysis of this gift in the context of early modern material culture, gift exchange, and conceptions of exoticism. The research I propose to conduct in summer 2011 is central to a key chapter of a book I am currently writing on Dutch collecting and material culture in the seventeenth century. Carrying out this research will enable me to complete the chapter that in turn will conclude the book manuscript tentatively titled "The Aesthetics of Possession: Art, Science, and Collecting in the Netherlands 1600-1650."