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Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800

Year: 2004, 50 mins
Code: ILL-EncPt1
ISBN: 5060033831496

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In the three centuries after the explorer Vasco de Gama first landed in India in 1492, meetings, trade and exchanges of all kinds flourished between the peoples of Europe and Asia. These encounters and the hybrid cultures that developed have left an extraordinary legacy of exquisite works of art and compelling human stories.

Produced alongside the V&A's landmark 2004 exhibition, Encounters explores both the western fascination for the exotic materials of Asia as well as the interest in European technologies in India, China and Japan. The film considers the religious and diplomatic dimensions of the story, the immensely profitable trading networks and the fantasies imagined of faraway cultures by both Europeans and Asians.

The contributors to the film include the curators of Encounters Amin Jaffer and Anna Jackson, as well as author William Dalrymple and other leading experts.

Dr Amin Jaffer is International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s and holds a particular responsibility for developing the brand and business in India. For thirteen years, he was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, he authored Furniture from British India and Ceylon (V&A, 2001), Luxury Goods from India (V&A, 2002) and Made in Maharajas: design diary of Princely India (2006). Amin was co-curator of the V&A’s blockbuster 2004 exhibitions Encounters: the meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 and the 2009 exhibition Maharaja: the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts, and co-editor of the accompanying catalogues.His most recent publication is Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels (2013), a multi-authored volume documenting a private collection of Indian jewellery spanning four hundred years.

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