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Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation
National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution
"Influenced by sea trade with China, Iraqi pottery was transformed in the 9th century. These innovations, in turn, inspired ceramic arts across the region." With two topics related to technique ("Blue & White" and "Luster") and one related to trade ("Spread of Innovation"); the latter discusses the dissemination of techniques to Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, and England. Uses Flash.

Go to Museum Resource: https://archive.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/iraqChina/default.htm
Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500-1800
Victoria and Albert Museum
Online presentation of a 2004 exhibition, enhanced with several resources for teachers and students. The EXHIBITION section includes panoramic images of the original exhibition, plus text and images of objects featured in the exhibition; the RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS section includes a 23-page teacher's guide to the exhibition; the VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY section is an interactive journey to the trading ports visited by Europeans from 1500-1800; the GAMES & DOWNLOADS section includes fun activities for students, including a quiz, matching game, and word search, all of which highlight the fertile exchange of ideas during this period of world history. See also: Trade with Asia 1500-1800.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/trade-with-asia-encounters/
China on Paper: European and Chinese Works from the Late Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century
Getty Museum
Online presentation of a 2007-08 exhibition presenting "works on paper from the special collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute that document the fascinating story of cultural exchanges between Chinese and Europeans in the early-modern era." With text discussing the key role that Jesuit missionaries in China played in the story of this exchange, illustrated with six works from the exhibition.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/china_paper/
Chinese Export Porcelain at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Short introduction with images of works given as examples of the range of trade.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ewpor/hd_ewpor.htm
East and West: Chinese Export Porcelain
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An introduction to Chinese export porcelain -- objects produced in China specifically for export to the West, beginning in the early 16th century. With 12 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ewpor/hd_ewpor.htm
Talavera de Puebla
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of blue-and-white Talavera pottery produced in Puebla, Mexico, which was influenced by Chinese export porcelain passing through Mexico on its way to Europe.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/tala/hd_tala.htm
Exoticism in the Decorative Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A discussion of the influence of non-Western arts -- the designs, forms, materials, and techniques -- on European decorative arts since the early 16th and 17th centuries. With 9 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/exot/hd_exot.htm
Imagining the Orient
Getty Museum
Online presentation of a 2004-05 exhibition that "explores 18th-century Europe's fascination with the Orient and showcases works crafted in Europe and Asia that vividly demonstrate the exchange of arts and ideas between the East and West." With three topics -- 1) Travel & Trade; 2) Imitation & Invention; 3) Pillement and Prints -- and seven objects from the exhibition. Six of these objects feature an audio or video discussion of the work. See the MORE ABOUT CHINOISERIE link at the right for a related essay, "Imitation and Invention: The Story of the French Vase."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/orient/
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