Southeast Asian Ceramics

Southeast Asian Ceramics

New Light on Old Pottery

  1. Edited by John N. Miksic
  2. Text by Michael Flecker
  • ISBN 9789814260138
  • 24.30 x 19.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 176pp
  • With over 300 illustrations in colour
  • First published 2010
  • Distributed on behalf of Editions Didier Millet

Southeast Asia is known to many as a region teeming with tourist destinations, economic opportunities and ex-colonies, but a lesser known facet is its colourful and myriad cultures in which ceramics form an integral part of the social fabric.

Focusing primarily on the Classical Period (800–1500 CE), this book views ancient Southeast Asian culture through the lens of ceramic production and trade, influenced but not completely overshadowed by its powerful neighbour, China.

In this landmark publication, noted archaeologist and scholar John N. Miksic constructs a vivid picture of the development of Southeast Asia’s unique ceramics. Along with three contributing authors – Pamela M. Watkins, Dawn F. Rooney and Michael Flecker – he summarizes the fruits of their research over the last forty years, beginning in Singapore with the founding of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society in 1969.

The result is a comprehensive and insightful overview of the technology, aesthetics and organization, both economic and political, of seemingly diverse territories in pre-colonial Southeast Asia. It is essential reading for all those with an interest in the economic history of the region, and also for anyone who seeks a better understanding of the brilliant but too often underestimated material culture of Southeast Asia.