A Process-oriented Study on the Spread of Chinese Porcelain Culture to the Outside World in Yuan Dynasty

China has been universally acknowledged its position as a country of Porcelain.  As early as 10,000 years ago, during the transition from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic period, ancient Chinese had already mastered the techniques to make and utilize pottery. In the Eastern Han Dynasty, more than 1800 years ago, the Chinese people invented porcelain, one of the most marvelous Chinese inventions. It was in the Tang Dynasty that porcelain stood out as the emerging commodity in the international market, ranging from Japan, India, Persia and even Egypt and Europe. Throughout the ages, porcelain, as an important Chinese export product, has earned its reputation in the international market through economic and cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries. Simultaneously, it has made considerable contributions not only to China, but also its import countries both economically and culturally.

Keywords: Porcelain, Cultural Exchange, Influence