Why is Chinese art in a case with Medieval Cloisonné?
It's surprising at first, right? We're most used to seeing things separated by geography. However, cloisonné is a cross-cultural technique! It was first developed in the Mediterranean basin around 1500 B.C.E. It became highly developed in the Byzantine Empire in the tenth and eleventh centuries and appears to have been transmitted to China via the maritime and overland Silk Routes. It starts showing up in China by the early fifteenth century.
Don't miss the small set of objects showing the different stages of cloisonne --- that really helped me to understand how it is made.
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