Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Photo #13 china ceramics - dog and granary

Palace Museum, Beijing. 北京故宫 Green-glazed bear-foot pottery granary with bowstring pattern; green-glazed pottery dog Eastern Han Dynasty, 25-220 A.D. Some experts believe the first true porcelain was made in the province of Zhejiang during the Eastern Han period. Chinese experts emphasize the presence of a significant proportion of porcelain-building minerals (china clay, porcelain stone or a combination of both) as an important factor in defining porcelain. Shards recovered from archaeological Eastern Han kiln sites estimated firing temperature ranged from 1260 to 1300°C. As far back as 1000 BC, the so-called "Porcelaneous wares" or "proto-porcelain wares" were made using at least some kaolin fired at high temperatures. The dividing the line between the two and true porcelain wares is not a clear one. The Palace Museum holds 340,000 pieces of ceramics and porcelain, including the imperial collections from the Tang Dynasty and the Song Dynasty, as well as pie...

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