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The earliest Chinese ceramics in Europe?

Gutiérrez, Alejandra and Gerrard, Christopher and Zhang, Ran and Wang, Guangyao (2021) 'The earliest Chinese ceramics in Europe?', Antiquity., 95 (383). pp. 1213-1230.


The importation of Chinese porcelain and celadon into Europe has long been thought to have first begun around the thirteenth century AD. A unique group of Chinese ceramic sherds from archaeological contexts in Spain dated to between the ninth and eleventh centuries, however, now represents the earliest Chinese wares identified in Europe. Such an unexpectedly early presence on high-status sites in Western Europe probably reflects changing patterns of commerce in the Indian Ocean and the giving of prestigious gifts at the very highest levels of social and political power across the Islamic Mediterranean world.

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Date accepted:30 October 2020
Date deposited:26 November 2020
Date of first online publication:16 July 2021
Date first made open access:16 December 2020

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