Later Chinese Ceramics

This course offers an introduction to the history of ceramic production and appreciation in China, with a focus on stoneware and porcelain dating from the Song era (960-1279) to the present. We will be concerned throughout this class with issues related to consumption, collecting, and authentication. We also address the methods and limits of interpreting ornament on ceramic vessels and discuss technological and stylistic innovation in light of economic concerns, politics, and ritual. Two classes will be held in galleries. 3 credits. Satisfies the non-Western or pre-1800requirement.