Feb
23
2010
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What is a hong bowl?

Two views of a hong bowl (photo by myoarin - CC-BY)A hong bowl is a punch bowl made in China for the export trade, originally in the 18th century, when European countries established trading posts in China. Back then, such a trading post was called a factory, in Chinese, hong. The factories didn’t produce anything but were rather the base of the factor: the agent, [more...]

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