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China, images of
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1. Early Contacts

Vague notions of the Far East existed already in antiquity. These were closely linked to the silk products which constituted very important trade goods at the time. In the Greek-speaking world, there was speculation about a people called the Seres. Yet the different names for East Asian peoples (Sina, Taugast, Kitai) could not be brought together to form a coheren…

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Pigulla, Andreas, “China, images of”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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