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Title: Chinese ceramics in the Islamic world from the 8th to 10th centuries CE
Author: Wen, Wen
ISNI:       0000 0001 1854 0230
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis provides new angles, material and discussion to the topic of Chinese ceramics arriving in the Islamic world from the 8th to 10th centuries CE and their connections with contemporary Samarra Horizon Islamic glazed ceramics. It analyses sites with and without Chinese ceramics during this period and explores the broader question regarding the distribution of early Chinese ceramics in the Islamic world. There are varying patterns related to ceramic finds in these sites. The Persian Gulf region has the highest concentration of sites with Chinese ceramics, especially the Iranian coastal area of the Persian Gulf. There are five main types of Chinese ceramics found in the Islamic world from the 8th to 10th centuries CE. Chinese celadon stoneware is the most widely distributed Chinese ceramics in the Islamic world during this period. This is followed by Chinese white wares, Dusun wares, Changsha wares and Chinese monochrome and polychrome glazed wares. Not all Chinese ceramics in the Islamic world are luxurious traded goods. Different types of Chinese ceramics arrived in different areas and settlements in the Islamic world. They held different values and functions; their amounts in these Islamic sites vary hugely too. The scale of the circulation of Chinese ceramics in the Islamic world during this period may not have always been considerable, as most publications have claimed. It is not precise to describe the relationship between Chinese ceramics and Samarra Horizon ceramics as "imitations", because there were more dynamic interactions than imitations only. Chinese ceramics influenced Samarra Horizon wares, which also exerted influence on Chinese ceramics.
Supervisor: Treadwell, Luke ; Priestman, Seth ; Rawson, Jessica Sponsor: Merton College
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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