The Far East in the northeast: an analysis of the Chinese export porcelain excavated at Ferryland, Newfoundland

Miller, Aaron F. (2005) The Far East in the northeast: an analysis of the Chinese export porcelain excavated at Ferryland, Newfoundland. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the collection of Chinese export porcelain excavated at Ferryland, Newfoundland, which is comprised of 178 vessels dating from 1600 to 1760. This project seeks to demonstrate the great potential for archaeological porcelain to broaden the understanding of the life-ways of colonial North America through the analysis of ware form and function. Analysis focuses on the decorative themes of Chinese porcelain and discusses Chinese symbolism, as well as the meaning of these exotic wares in the Western world. The research has revealed a strict control over the manufacture of porcelain which resulted in specific patterns that can often be identified by archaeologists. In addition, this thesis examines the nature of the China trade to Newfoundland and the diverse networks involved in the export of wares to Ferryland. The analysis of these materials reflects the profound interaction taking place between China and the West, and the cultural manifestations of this exchange in Western society.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9579
Item ID: 9579
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 148-154. -- Author repeated page 212-216.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Anthropology
Date: 2005
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Avalon Peninsula--Ferryland
Library of Congress Subject Heading: China trade porcelain--Social aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador--Ferryland; China trade porcelain--Newfoundland and Labrador--Ferryland; Excavations (Archaeology)--Newfoundland and Labrador--Ferryland; Ferryland (N.L.)--Antiquities

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