Chinese Porcelain in Colonial Mexico: The Material Worlds of an Early Modern Trade

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Abstract / Description of output

This book follows Chinese porcelain through the commodity chain, from its production in China to trade with Spanish Merchants in Manila, and to its eventual adoption by colonial society in Mexico. As trade connections increased in the early modern period, porcelain became an immensely popular and global product. This study focuses on one of the most exported objects, the guan. It shows how this porcelain jar was produced, made accessible across vast distances and how designs were borrowed and transformed into new creations within different artistic cultures. While people had increased access to global markets and products, this book argues that this new connectivity could engender more local outlooks and even heightened isolation in some places. It looks beyond the guan to the broader context of transpacific trade during this period, highlighting the importance and impact of Asian commodities in Spanish America.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages198
ISBN (Electronic)9783319665474
ISBN (Print)9783319665467, 9783319882680
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Pacific History
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • ceramic
  • Jingdezhen
  • Milan
  • Mexico
  • pottery
  • artisan
  • Transpacific
  • galleon
  • globalization
  • trade
  • production
  • consumption
  • commodity


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