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The Circulation of Elite Longquan Celadon Ceramics from China to Japan

An Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Study

Meili Yang served as a senior curator in the Department of Antiquities in the National Palace Museum at Taipei from 1983 to2006. She received her MA in Chinese Art History from National Taiwan University in 1983. Since 2007, she has studied heritage conservation science and archaeology in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA, where she received an MS degree in 2010. Since 2011, she teaches 'History of Chinese Crafts and Decorative Arts' and 'The Art and Science of Chinese Ceramics' at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

Chinese Longquan (龍泉) celadon, a type of green-glazed ceramic, is one of the most famous branded and trade products, particularly during the 13th and 14th centuries. Its archaeological and historical materials possess multiple attributes with plentiful cultural information. The objective of the present book is to vivify these materials and provide readers and researchers a broader perspective and additional methodologies to review and gain a new and more profound understanding of Longquan celadon.

The first part of this book focuses on elite Longquan celadon in China's Southern Song (SS) (1127–1278) and Yuan (1271–1368) periods and sets out to answer unresolved questions. How did Longquan potters elevate their products' artistic quality from regional and popular acclaim to elite art, and create their products' brand and successful marketing? What was the ceramic's technological particularity that brought about its achievement as the commercial version of SS Guan (Imperial) ware? Why did its style change, and why did the production center shift after the end of the Southern Song period? In addressing these issues, the author explores the contemporary social atmosphere and local ecological environment. The second part focuses on elite Longquan celadon products as imports in medieval Japan. Beginning with the late Kamakura period (1192–1333) via the Muromachi shogunate (1392–1573) to the Edo (1603–1868) periods – an extensive time span – elite Longquan celadon ware circulated widely within elite class communities and Zen temples. These products played a crucial role in shaping medieval Japanese culture, bringing to the fore issues such as the Japanese manner of adopting Chinese Song and Yuan culture, and more generally cross-cultural transmission from China to Japan.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-932-6
Hardback Price: £80.00 / $99.95
Release Date: July/August 2018
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78976-073-6
Paperback Price: £50 / $64.95
Release Date: February 2021
Page Extent / Format: 240 pp. 246 x 171 mm
Illustrated: Highly illustrated with 230 figures, 50 tables and a colour plate section 



List of Illustrations

Part I: Elite Longquan Celadon in China’s Song and Yuan
Chapter 1
From Popular to Elite Art: Worshiping Objects’ Evolution

Chapter 2
Technological Particularity: As an Elite Commercial Ceramic

Chapter 3
Marketing and Market Value: Hoards in Eastern Sichuan

Chapter 4
Single-Generation Technology: SSG-style Elite Products  

Chapter 5
Production Center Shift: Local Ecological Environment

Chapter 6
Behind Style Change: A Contemporary Social Atmosphere

Part II: Elite Longquan Celadon in Japan’s Medieval Age
Chapter 7
Kamakura Period: Choice of Elite Longquan Celadon

Chapter 8
Muromachi and Sengoku Periods: SSG-style and Kinuta

Chapter 9
Edo Period: Elite Longquan Celadon Survivals

Chapter 10
From China to Japan: A Cross-Cultural Transmission Case

Appendix: Samples and Analytical Data
Chronology of China and Japan 


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