Featured Topic: Asia & Europe: Encounter/Exchange

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Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 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.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/iraqChina/default.htm
Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2006-2007 exhibition. "In the 12th century, craftsmen in southern China refined a long-standing tradition that combined mother-of-pearl and lacquer to create sumptuous painterly scenes of figures in landscapes, flowers, and birds. This installation traces the evolution of this astonishing technology in East Asia, India, and Thailand. It explores the importance of lacquer decorated with minute pieces of mother-of-pearl in interregional trade from the 12th to the 19th century, and the development of global trade, particularly in works made in India and Japan, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries." With images of 17 related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={2DA67AF7-EBDD-4E88-...
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.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1196_encounters/
In the Footsteps of Marco Polo: A Journey through the Met to the Land of the Great Khan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Follows the 24,000-mile journey of Marco Polo (1254-1324) from Italy through the Middle East and Central Asia to China and the court of Khubilai Khan.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/bibliography/?id=11542
Trading Places: The East India Company and Asia, 1600-1834
The British Library
"Asia used to be known as 'The East Indies.' Pepper, spices, medicinal drugs, aromatic woods, perfumes and silks were rare commodities in Europe, and therefore valuable. Trading in them could make you a fortune. And for this chance many were willing to risk their lives. There were three great empires in Asia: the Ottoman Turkish; the Mughal; the Chinese. Each was wealthy and sophisticated and had its own international trading network. How could Europe open up its own trading routes to Asia?" Topics include: World in 1600; Getting There (Shipbuilding); Bantam; Expansion; India; China; Impacts. With descriptive text and images.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/trading/world1.html
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
Online presentation of a 2003 exhibition. "Dating from the mid-sixteenth century through the third quarter of the nineteenth century, the exhibition included a wide range of vessel types as well as services and punch bowls, and two works in ivory." With images of 10 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={502EE34F-5754-11D6-...
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
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