1) Read the article. The article is the introduction to a book-length study of the cuural history of objects. I
have already highlighted many of the key points that you’ll want to try to understand as you read. Feel free to skim (read quickly) and to skip sections. Focus more deeply on elements that interest you.
2) While you read, jot down some notes for a couple of questions:
a) What sorts of questions can we answer by looking at objects and the ways in which they traveled the globe in the early modern period (roughly 1450-1750)?
b) How might our understanding of the cuures of the Yuan and the Ming change if we study the objects that they made?