The emergence of cloisonné enamel in China remains mysterious. According to tradition, the technology and style were imported from the West in the fourteenth century, when China was under Mongol rule. In this lecture, François Louis examines the evidence and discusses the early appreciation of cloisonné in light of late medieval jewelry and metalwork traditions.

François Louis is an associate professor at BGC, and author, most recently, of “The Yuan Synthesis: Material Culture in Yuan China,” in Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire.”

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