CHANGSHA PLATES FROM THE BELITUNG WRECK C. 826CE. PHOTO COURTESY PROF. QIN DASHU – TAASA Review December 2014
Those who, like me, started collecting preMing Chinese ceramics in Australia 20 or more years ago, will remember finding fairly numerous Chinese qingbai, celadon and blueand-white bowls, boxes and jars.
Commonly these examples came here not directly from China but from Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia, Malaysia or the Philippines.
Professor Qin’s lecture outlined the result of recent research on the extensive early trading networks which brought Chinese goods to these countries and far beyond. From modest beginnings in the mid-8th century, Asian maritime trade in ceramics developed rapidly in the second half of the 9th century as manufacturers in China identified markets overseas and began to cater to their preferences...