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1 / Converging Cultures

Porcelain Plate
Porcelain Plate
Artist / Origin Unknown artist, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Region: East Asia
Date Yuan Dynasty, mid-14th century
Material Porcelain with underglaze blue
Medium: Ceramics
Dimensions Diam.: 18 in. (45.7 cm.)
Location The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Credit Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Photo by Max Yawney

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Alan ChongCurator of the Collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Ladan AkbarniaAssociate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum
Ladan AkbarniaAssociate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum

Porcelain Plate

» Unknown artist, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China

expert perspective

Ladan Akbarnia Ladan Akbarnia Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum

The Chinese were known for their porcelain wares, and especially, their blue and white wares. The Chinese exported ceramics and, in fact, they were also given as gifts. In the ninth century, the Chinese emperor sent a gift of twenty imperial porcelains to the caliph who was the leader of the Islamic empire at the time, the Abbasids. And this would have a huge result, or a huge effect, on the interest in Chinese porcelains, especially blue and white porcelains, in the future of that region. So, later on you’ll see that this blue and white aesthetic that was created, that started in China really was a great inspiration for the types of ceramic wares that would later be produced in Iran, in the Ottoman world, and eventually you would even see it in Europe.” 

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