This chapter explores how trade connections between China and the Near East informed Near Eastern ceramic production, beginning in the eighth century.
Contact between China and the Near East predates the advent of Islam in the seventh century; sea and land routes connected the two regions as early as the third century B.C.
On their journeys, traveling merchants were exposed to different peoples, places, and cultures.
In the Islamic world, luxury ceramics became popular and were appreciated for their aesthetic appeal and affordability.
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