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Ceramics in the collection of the Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne

ANNE-LOUISE MUIR
Australasian Historical Archaeology
Vol. 21 (2003), pp. 42-49
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29544504
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Ceramics in the collection of the Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne
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Abstract

In recent years, many archaeological excavations in Victoria and other Australian states have retrieved Chinese ceramics items used by the Chinese to store, prepare and serve food. Very little is known about these vessels. They have been listed and briefly described in archaeological reports, but a lack of common terminology and understanding of the vessels is evident. This paper represents a preliminary stage of a Masters thesis at La Trobe University, which will catalogue complete and fragmentary overseas Chinese ceramics. The project will also develop a common terminology for the vessels, with reference to existing American and Asian research. This analysis also forms the basis for exploring questions about cultural identity. This paper examines the collection held by the Museum of Chinese Australian History in Melbourne, presenting information regarding the for, manufacture and usage of these vessels. It also makes a preliminary examination of elements that make the Australian assemblage distinctive, as well as possible variations within Australia.

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