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IHR Latin American History Seminar: From the Chinese Guan to the Mexican Chocolatero: A Tactile History of the Transpacific Trade, 1571-1815

Start: Feb 24, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 24, 2014 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Meha Priyadarshini (European University Institute), part of the IHR Latin American History Series - The paper builds on of Meha’s doctoral thesis, which focuses on the Manila Galleon Trade (1571-1815). It offers a narrative of the trajectory of Chinese porcelains from the point of production in China, to the place of its export in Manila, and to the final point of eventual consumption in Mexico. The underlying theme is a study of the appropriation of Chinese designs into a local, colonial pottery tradition in Mexico analyzed through the production of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China and earthenware in Puebla. Thus the paper compares the two sites of production and the different ways in which the artisans in each site...
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