Wednesday, October 07, 2009

More Polo

A map of his travels. Looks like he passed through Jerusalem a couple of times.
Of course,he didn't discover porcelain [let alone invent it - God did that,as we're about to read at the beginning of Bereshit/Genesis]: the Chinese had been using it in various forms for a couple of thousand years,but kept quiet about it.
Where does the name porcelain come from? you ask. In my experience,not many people know this: it's named [maybe by Mr. Polo] after a little snail-like shell called porcellus - the shell is named for its pig's-tail-like curly shape,and the clay for the shell's white translucence. You are now a member of the select group who know the etymology of porcelain - spread the word!


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