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Celadon Plate

14th century AD

The influence of Chinese ceramics on Islamic ceramics needs to be taken into consideration. Pottery and ceramic vessels made in China reached the Muslim’s easternmost borders since as far back as the 8th century AD. The Muslims found them wonderful for their pristine whiteness and elegant designs. Muslim ceramicists tried to produce new styles inspired by the fine Chinese product. Another wave of Chinese influence occurred in the 11th century AD, and again in the 13th century and the 14th century AD. Chinese ceramic vessels were imported by caravans and by ships from Far East to Near East.

Thus Chinese ceramic has a special place in art history, with many different kinds of wares made in China designed exclusively for export, while others were designed solely for Chinese use, and all offer a variety of shapes and styles, be it plain, dichromatic (white and blue) or multicolored.

This plate is of the ‘Celadon’ kind, which is a most precious kind of Chinese ceramic, known for its silverish green color. It is a rare object imported from China, inscribed in Chinese and dated to 1381 AD.

Dr. John Carswell mentions this plate in his book on Chinese Ceramic, confirming that it is Celadon ware that has been found in Syria and, indicating important commercial connections in the 14th century AD.

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