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Finlay, Robert, 1940-
The pilgrim art : cultures of porcelain in world history / Robert Finlay
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HD9617.C62 F56 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Porcelain industry -- Social aspects -- China -- History
Porcelain, Chinese -- Social aspects -- History
Porcelain -- Social aspects -- History
Art and society
Physical Description xvi, 415 p., 24 p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction -- The porcelain city: Jingdezhen in the eighteenth century -- The secrets of porcelain: China and the west in the eighteenth century -- The creation of porcelain: China and Eurasia, 2000 B.C.E.-1000 C.E. -- The culture of porcelain in China: Commerce, Confusians, and connoisseurs, 1000-1400 -- The creation of clue-and-white porcelain: Muslims, Mongols, and Eurasian cultural exchange, 1000-1400 -- The primacy of Chinese porcelain: Korea, Japan, and continental Southeast Asia, 1400-1700 -- The triumph of Chinese porcelain: Maritime Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Southwest Asia, 1400-1700 -- The decline and fall of Chinese porcelain: The west and the world, 1500-1850
Summary "Illuminating one thousand years of history, The Pilgrim Art explores the remarkable cultural influence of Chinese porcelain around the globe. Cobalt ore was shipped from Persia to China in the fourteenth century, where it was used to decorate porcelain for Muslims in Southeast Asia, India, Persia, and Iraq. Spanish galleons delivered porcelain to Peru and Mexico while aristocrats in Europe ordered tableware from Canton. The book tells the fascinating story of how porcelain became a vehicle for the transmission and assimilation of artistic symbols, themes, and designs across vast distances - from Japan and Java to Egypt and England. It not only illustrates how porcelain influenced local artistic traditions but also shows how it became deeply intertwined with religion, economics, politics, and social identity. Bringing together many strands of history in an engaging narrative studded with fascinating vignettes, this is a history of cross-cultural exchange focused on an exceptional commodity that illuminates the emergence of what is arguably the first genuinely global culture." -- Book jacket
NOTE Gift from an anonymous donor, 2010
Series California world history library ; 11

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