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07 December 2009

The Asian Spice/Ceramics Trade in Pre-European Era

"Trade within Southeast Asia has existed since the Han dynasty (25BC - 220AD). [...]

Manufactured goods such as silk and cotton textiles, iron implements, Porcelain and cash coins from China were exchanged for mainly native products of tropical countries. These Southeast Asian products included plant-based goods (such as spices, herbal medicines and hardwoods), exotic rarities (like pearls, precious stones, colourful bird feathers and animal tusks) and raw materials (sulfur, animal hides, copper, tin and raw cotton).
The Asian Spice Trade in Pre-European Era
Of thousands of products traded, Ceramics reigns supreme today because of its remarkable ability to preserve itself in mint condition even after being submerged in the sea or buried in the soil for hundreds of years.

Ceramics tell the story of how the peoples of Asia forged social and commercial ties with each other over the past 1,000 years.

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