A turning point? The emergence of Jingdezhen blue-and-white porcelain in the fourteenth century Asian trade system
Professor Shih Ching-fei will give an illustrated lecture on the emergence of Jingdezhen blue-and-white porcelain in the fourteenth century Asian trade system. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.
Shih Ching-fei is Professor at the Graduate Institute of Art History, National Taiwan University. She is currently a Jing Brand Fellow at the Needham Research Institute and a visiting Fellow at Murray Edwards College.
She is a specialist in East Asian ceramic history of the tenth to twentieth centuries AD and the artistic exchanges between East Asia and Europe during the Early Modern era (seventeenth to nineteenth centuries AD), with a particular focus on the ways in which craft technology and related knowledge were transmitted between cultures. Prior to joining NTU in 2009, Professor Shih worked as assistant curator at the National Palace Museum (2003-2009) and taught at City University of Hong Kong (2000-2002).
Her lecture will explore an important change in the Asian ceramic trade from the thirteenth to fourteenth century in the light of the emergence of Jingdezhen blue-and-white porcelain. She will argue that in the fourteenth century the trade network in Asian ceramics reached a turning point in both its scale and significance. Based upon the evidence from excavated materials, underwater findings and stylistic analysis of trade ceramics, she will show that a tight link developed between workshops, brokers/merchants and their overseas customers. At the same time, Professor Shih will demonstrate how the most influential ceramic product (blue-and-white porcelain) in world history penetrated into the pre-existing ceramics market.
This is one of the lectures in the on-going China Centre Seminar series, hosted by the China Centre, Jesus College. The lectures, given by eminent speakers, will cover a broad range of topics and disciplines.
Attendance is free and booking is not required.