Combining strikingly new scholarship by art historians, historians, and ethnomusicologists, this interdisciplinary volume illuminates trade ties within East Asia, and from East Asia outwards, in the years 1550 to 1800. While not encyclopedic, the selected topics greatly advance our sense of this trade picture. Throughout the book, multi-part trade structures are excavated; the presence of European powers within the Asian trade nexus features as part of this narrative. Visual goods are highlighted, including lacquerwares, paintings, prints, musical instruments, textiles, ivory sculptures, unfired ceramic portrait figurines, and Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian ceramic vessels. These essays underscore the significance of Asian industries producing multiples, and the rhetorical charge of these goods, shifting in meaning as they move. Everyday commodities are treated as well; for example, the trans-Pacific trade in contraband mercury, used in silver refinement, is spelled out in detail. Building reverberations between merchant networks, trade goods, and the look of the objects themselves, this richly-illustrated book brings to light the Asian trade engine powering the early modern visual cultures of East and Southeast Asia, the American colonies, and Europe.
About the Author
Tamara H. Bentley is Professor of Asian Art History at Colorado College in the United States. She has published a book on the Chinese 17th century painter and printmaker Chen Hongshou, and she also writes about art and international trade.
Table of ContentsChapter One: People and Things in Motion: The View from the East by Tamara H. Bentley
I: CIRCUITS AND EXCHANGES
Chapter Two: The Maritime Trading World of East Asia from the Thirteenth to the Seventeenth Centuries by Richard von Glahn
Chapter Three: The Junk Trade and Hokkien Merchant Networks in Maritime Asia: 1570“1760 by James K. Chin
Chapter Four: The Trade Activities of 16th century Christian Daimyo Otomo Sorin by Hiroko Nishida
Chapter Five: From Global to Local: The Diaspora of Asian Decorative Arts in Colonial Latin America by Donna Pierce
Chapter Six: Trans-Pacific Connections: Contraband Mercury Trade in the 16th to early 18th Century by Angela Schottenhammer
Chapter Seven: Ÿthe Features are Esteem’d very justŒ: Chinese Unfired Clay Portrait Figures of Westerners by William R. Sargent
III: HYBRID AESTHETICS
Chapter Eight: The Global Keyboard: Music, Visual Forms,
and Maritime Trade in the Early Modern Era by Victoria Levine
Chapter Nine Barbarian Tropes Framed Anew: Three Qing Dynasty Chinese Lacquer Screens of Europeans Hunting by Tamara H. Bentley
Chapter Ten: Chinese Porcelain, the East India Company and British Cultural Identity, 1600-1800 by Stacey Pierson