Song Blue and White Porcelain on the Silk Road

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BRILL, Jul 25, 2012 - Crafts & Hobbies - 664 pages
Western scholars of ancient Chinese ceramics have long thought blue and white porcelain manufactured before the Ming (1368-1644 A.D.), dates to the Yuan (1279-1368 A.D.). Even in China today these porcelains are still termed "Yuan Blue and White." Based upon first-hand surveys of sites in Inner Mongolia, Adam T. Kessler s "Song Blue and White Porcelain on the Silk Road" demonstrates that blue and white was made during the Song (960-1279 A.D.) ended up in the hands of the Xi Xia (1038-1226 A.D.) and the Jin (1115-1234 A.D.). Blue and white found today in hoards was buried prior to Mongol invasions of China in the 1200s. Sites from the Philippines to Egypt have yielded Song blue and white. Also reviewed is the cobalt-bearing ore used by Song China to create blue and white.

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This is a revolutionary book. It breaks all the myths surrounding Blue and White Porcelain, and presents indisputable evidence to support its position, and to question commonly held (but incorrect) wisdom.
Brilliantly done!

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Dr. Kessler is by far the world's authority on Blue and White Porcelain having spent most of his life studying every text ever published. His new book is ground breaking revolutionary and will probably take several generations to have the impact it deserves


I The Ejina River Oasis Finds and the Xi Xia State 10381226 AD
II The Jin Dynasty 11151234 AD
A Review of the Evidence
Concerning the PreMing Blue and White Yuhuchun Vase Retrieved from the Yuan Tomb near Wengniute Banner Inner Mongolia
Concerning the Yuhuchun Wine Vase
IV Cobalt

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Adam T. Kessler, Ph.D. (1989) in the "Inter-departmental Program for Archaeology," UCLA. He was creator and Curator of the 1994-1997 exhibition "Empires Beyond the Great Wall: the Heritage of Genghis Khan" (United States, Canada, New Zealand). Since 2000, he has worked as an independent scholar.

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