Chinese Ceramics at Angkor

by Aedeen Cremin

Tomb excavations around Angkor and Phnom Kulen areas show a persistent presence of ceramic objects imported from China.


Publication: Washington Liberal Arts Journals

Author: Aedeen Cremin

Pages: 3

Language : English

Way before smartphones or various trinkets, items manufactured in China reached the Cambodian territory. Initially studied by Bernard Philippe Groslier, Chinese ceramic artifacts dating back to the earliest times have been retrieved around around Angkor architectural sites.

This brief essay claims that Chinese ceramics and porcelain-ware, either diplomatic presents” or mass-produced artifacts, were still reaching the Khmer kingdom during the Yuan period, late in the 14th century.

Tags: ceramics, Chinese trade

About the Author

Aedeen Cremin

Aedeen Cremin

Born in Ireland, active in Celtic studies, Aedeen Cremin moved to Australia in the 1970s where she lectured in architecture at University of Sydney and Canberra.

With degrees from Universities of Ireland, Strasbourg and Sydney, she specialized in landscape archaeology, especially in North Portugal (The Vinhais Survey) and in Australia’s industrial heritage (mining and metallurgy). Since retiring to Canberra she has taught archaeology at the ANU and world history at the University of Canberra. 

She is currently an associate researcher with the Greater Angkor Project in Cambodia.