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  • Valentina Bruccoleri
    Valentina Bruccoleri
    Department of Art History and Archaeology, Sorbonne University, Paris

    Valentina Bruccoleri is a PhD Candidate in art history and archaeology at the Sorbonne University. Her research explores Sino-Islamic interactions in late mediaeval and early modern periods through art and material culture. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the connections of Chinese Yuan and early Ming ceramics with the Persianate world. She is a lecturer in Chinese and Islamic art at the École du Louvre and a member of the French-Uzbek archaeological mission of the Louvre Museum in the Bukhara oasis. She obtained her BA degree in Chinese Studies at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, during which she spent three months as an intern at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. She has an MA in Chinese art history from the Sorbonne University. In 2017 she obtained a three-year contract with the Sorbonne University to carry out her doctoral research. Between 2018 and 2020, she worked at the National Museum of Asian Art – Guimet in Paris for catalogue raisonné Chinese Porcelains in the Santos Palace, published in November 2021.

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From Jingdezhen to Samarkand: early Ming porcelain in Timurid Central Asia

Chinese porcelain of the early Ming period (1368-1435) reached Central Asia through the Eurasian land routes, but the archaeological findings are few and have been rarely considered in the studies on Chinese ceramics. The rarity and high quality of the porcelains suggest that they were transported to the Timurid courts as diplomatic gifts or traded as luxury goods, which seems to be confirmed by the historical written sources and by the locations of the excavated objects. This article aims to fill part of the “Central Asian gap” in the history of Chinese porcelain outside China, by focusing on mainly unpublished shards found or identified during field research in various cities of Uzbekistan. Moreover, the Chinese shards will be considered along with a number of unpublished Timurid blue-and-white ceramic examples which show a strong connection with blue-and-white porcelain.

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