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Ceramics are one of China's chief technological achievements, and, as an export commodity, historically constituted one of the major forms by which China has been represented to the rest of the world. China's success in ceramic manufacturing is attributable to two main factors: an abundance of high quality raw materials, and (in this industry as in others) the application of a sophisticated organization of labor from an early period (handicrafts).

In addition to their primary function as vessels, ceramics were produced for architectural purposes, as sculpture, and even as ritual…

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Vainker, Shelagh, “Ceramics”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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