Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum

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British Museum Press, 2001 - Antiques & Collectibles - 640 pages
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The British Museum holds the world's broadest collection Ming ceramics, here published for the first time in its entirety. Nearly a thousand items are illustrated, identified, dated and discussed, incorporating the most up-to-date archaeological discoveries and scientific research previously available only in Chinese or specialist journals.

The author first provides an accessible historical context, followed by stimulating essays on the porcelain industry, trade and diplomacy, and aspects of social life and burials in the Ming dynasty. Each chapter of the catalogue is then introduced with a brief summary of its defining characteristics. New and revised translations are given for every inscription, with transcriptions in printed Chinese characters. Every entry is illustrated with specially commissioned color photography. A wealth of additional information, much of it never before published in English, is clearly presented for ease of reference in chronologies, maps, appendices, glossary and bibliography. The result is an essential book for any collector, student or scholar.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
The Ming porcelain industry at Jingdezhen
19
trade and diplomacy
26
Some aspects of Ming life
34
Some aspects of Ming burials
41
Yuan dynasty porcelains 12801368
50
Hongwu period porcelains 136898
82
Yongle period porcelains 140324
93
Hongzhi period porcelains 14881505
173
Zhengde period porcelains 150621
188
Jiajing period porcelains 152266
211
Fakes forgeries and copies of Ming ceramics
569
A selection of relevant shipwrecks with late Yuan and Ming ceramics
582
Conservation of Ming ceramics
596
Bibliography
606
Chinese names and terms
628

Xuande period porcelains 142635
118
Zhengtong to Tianshun period porcelains 143664
155
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