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Tea for Two: The Dual Modes of Contemporary Zisha Teaware Production and their Implications for Archaeological Research

Gao, Xuyang; Hein, Anke; Quinn, Patrick; (2023) Tea for Two: The Dual Modes of Contemporary Zisha Teaware Production and their Implications for Archaeological Research. Ethnoarchaeology pp. 1-23. 10.1080/19442890.2023.2268373. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In archaeology, ceramics receive much attention because they are abundant in many archaeological contexts, chronologically sensitive, and provide a good window into past human behaviors, in particular decision-making in ceramic production which reflects past communities of practice and individual actions. While most studies tend to rely heavily on differences in object shape and style to distinguish between different periods and cultural contexts, the present ethnographic study focuses on one object type, namely zisha teapots from Yixing, China, to explore the hidden diversity in potting behaviors resulting in products that are visually nearly identical in form and style. The article raises awareness of potential differences in raw materials, techniques, and markets for the production of morphologically similar vessels, which would be categorized as the same “type” within typological ceramic classification, and calls for careful evaluation of the complexities within technological practices and their corresponding social boundaries.

Type: Article
Title: Tea for Two: The Dual Modes of Contemporary Zisha Teaware Production and their Implications for Archaeological Research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19442890.2023.2268373
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/19442890.2023.2268373
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Keywords: Zisha teapot making; ceramic technology; ethnography; slab building; paddling technique; typology; morphology; technological choice
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179495
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