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1 / Converging Cultures

Porcelain Plate
Porcelain Plate
Artist / Origin Unknown artist, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Region: East Asia
Date Yuan Dynasty, mid-14th century
Material Porcelain with underglaze blue
Medium: Ceramics
Dimensions Diam.: 18 in. (45.7 cm.)
Location The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Credit Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Photo by Max Yawney

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Alan ChongCurator of the Collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Ladan AkbarniaAssociate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum
Ladan AkbarniaAssociate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum

Porcelain Plate

» Unknown artist, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China

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Ladan Akbarnia Ladan Akbarnia Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum

Some of the types of materials that were exported during the Mongol period (known as the Yuan Dynasty) from China to western Asia, or to the Islamic world, included silk, mint coins, paper also traveled from east to west. And then from west to east or from the Islamic world and including Africa, as well, North Africa, the kinds of things that went to China or were imported by China included rhinoceros horn, coral, cotton, hide, raw medicine, and numerous other types of goods that wouldn’t be found in China and could only be found outside. So each culture would trade what it had plenty of and get in return what it really couldn’t find in its own context.

It’s believed that the cobalt blue that was used to decorate the blue and white wares in the thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth century, it’s believed that the cobalt came from the Iranian world, but the porcelain was produced in China.” 

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