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Vessels of Influence: China and the Birth of Porcelain in Medieval and Early Modern Japan
     

Vessels of Influence: China and the Birth of Porcelain in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
 

Vessels of Influence, while examining in depth the role of Chinese ceramics in Japan, also delves into the meaning, motivation for, and rapid development of Japanese porcelain from many angles, including archaeology, heirloom and documentary evidence. The political and fiscal advantage that one lord found for his domain in creating its own local 'china' is

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Vessels of Influence, while examining in depth the role of Chinese ceramics in Japan, also delves into the meaning, motivation for, and rapid development of Japanese porcelain from many angles, including archaeology, heirloom and documentary evidence. The political and fiscal advantage that one lord found for his domain in creating its own local 'china' is placed in the context of the domestic and international market economy.

Through an examination of the role of Chinese products and that of a domesticated 'china' in Japan, a fuller picture of Japan's rich material culture emerges, revealing complex interactions between government, taste-makers, traders, merchants, consumers, imports and new technology. Vessels of Influence also discusses how these interactions have been viewed by historians, and the often heated debates that have occurred as a result.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780715634639
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/16/2012
Series:
Debates in Archaeology Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is the Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich and Project Curator for Japanese ceramics at the British Museum.

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