Friederike Voigt is Senior Curator, responsible for the collections from the Middle East and South Asia.

Curators Friederikevoigt 190PxFriederike Voigt received an MA in Iranian Studies, Art History and Sociology from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany where she is currently finishing her doctorate.

She worked for two years as a Curatorial Assistant at the Ethnological Museum, Berlin State Museums, focussing on the documentation and research of the collection from Iran. This resulted in the exhibition ‘Everyday life in Tehran in 1890 – Genre painting on Iranian tiles from the 19th century’ and an accompanying catalogue.

She joined National Museums Scotland in 2008 where she curates the collections from the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia, comprising ceramics, textiles, metalwork, sculpture, arms and armour as well as ethnographical and archaeological material from Morocco to Indonesia and Vietnam. Between May 2017 and March 2018, Friederike was  Interim Keeper of the Department of World Cultures.

Her main research interest is Iranian material culture, in particular 19th century tile work and its technology of production. Current projects include a review of the textile collection from Iran, made under the directorship of Sir Robert Murdoch Smith between 1885-1900, and the research on Maharaja Duleep Singh’s jewellery. She is also involved with ‘Azadi’ by Scottish-Iranian artist Roxana Vilk, exploring dimensions of Iranian visual culture in dance and music.


Selected publications

  1. ‘The Central Asian collection at National Museums Scotland: History and Perspective’, in Y.Kadoi and I. Szántó (eds.) The Shaping of Persian art: Collections and interpretations of the art of Islamic Iran and Central Asia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2014.
  2. With I. Reiche ‘The master potter ‘Ali Muhammad Isfahani: Insights into the production of decorative underglaze painted tiles in 19th century Iran’, in H. Edwards and P. Vandenabeele (eds) Analytical Archaeometry: Selected Topics, Cambridge: The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012, 515-544.
  3. Qadscharische Bildfliesen im Ethnologischen Museum Berlin. Berlin 2002.
  4. ‚Magisch-religiöse Gegenstände der Sammlung W. Ph. Schulz‘, in Rosen und Nachtigallen. Die 100-jährige Iran-Sammlung des Leipzigers Philipp Walter Schulz, Museum für Völkerkunde Leipzig, 2000, 82-92.

For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.

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