ming dynasty

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Ming Dynasty definition


A major dynasty that ruled China from the mid-fourteenth to the mid-seventeenth century. It was marked by a great expansion of Chinese commerce into East Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Note: The Ming Dynasty is known for its porcelain and enamel-based decorative art.
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