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Global Trade and Swahili Cosmopolitan Material Culture: Chinese-Style Ceramic Shards from Sanje ya Kati and Songo Mnara (Kilwa, Tanzania)

Global Trade and Swahili Cosmopolitan Material Culture: Chinese-Style Ceramic Shards from Sanje... This article deals with Chinese-style ceramic shards recently excavated from Songo Mnara and Sanje ya Kati, two insular medieval stonetown sites in Kilwa Bay, Tanzania. The author argues for a regional approach that better accommodates the complexity and particularity of the diffusion and consumption of Chinese ceramics in what is considered a semi-periphery within the Indian Ocean world-system. The article presents a critical synthesis of a number of existing studies, and explores the evaluative potential of density and comparisons with larger-volume regional commodities as tools of analy-sis for Chinese-style ceramic diffusion in the western Indian Ocean. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Global Trade and Swahili Cosmopolitan Material Culture: Chinese-Style Ceramic Shards from Sanje ya Kati and Songo Mnara (Kilwa, Tanzania)

Journal of World History , Volume 23 (1) – Jun 15, 2012

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

This article deals with Chinese-style ceramic shards recently excavated from Songo Mnara and Sanje ya Kati, two insular medieval stonetown sites in Kilwa Bay, Tanzania. The author argues for a regional approach that better accommodates the complexity and particularity of the diffusion and consumption of Chinese ceramics in what is considered a semi-periphery within the Indian Ocean world-system. The article presents a critical synthesis of a number of existing studies, and explores the evaluative potential of density and comparisons with larger-volume regional commodities as tools of analy-sis for Chinese-style ceramic diffusion in the western Indian Ocean.

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 15, 2012

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