Tea was extensively planted and Tang porcelain became highly prized

Culturally, the Tang dynasty is seen as another peak in Chinese development. The first in the world were produced. In technology iron chain bridges were built as well as water mills. Control of irrigation became more sophisticated bringing more land into cultivation. was extensively planted and Tang porcelain became highly prized. There was a great literary flowering with many great poets including and creating timeless classics. An Imperial Academy (‘the Forest of Pens’) promoted literature. In administration the Tang mainly followed the Sui system although the reformed system still relied on grain levies on poor farmers. Nine grades of nobility were created which received a fixed proportion of the income from taxation. The first class princes () were the top grade made up of sons and brothers of the emperor; the next two grades were more distant relatives; the remaining six grades were for eminent officials.

Tea Obsession: Shen De Tang Porcelain Jars

There are three major types of Tang porcelain designated by the regionin which the producing kilns were located. The first type is earlywhiteware created in Gongxian in the northern part of the Henan province. Gongxian porcelains had good translucency, and their glazes had good resistanceto dullness and crazing (Wood 97). The porcelains made in Gongxianincluded plain whitewares as well as blue and whites, which are porcelainswith a cobalt blue underglaze. Xing porcelain is the most famousTang porcelain because it was the whitest produced in the north. A combination of extremely pure clay and high firing temperatures, as highas white-blue heat or 1350°C, was needed to produce such white porcelain(99). The final type of Tang porcelain is known as Ding ware. During the Tang, Ding ware was considered inferior to the Xing becauseof its creamy color. This opinion of Ding inferiority changed duringthe Song dynasty.

Tang Porcelain Pillows from Gump's

Santa Fe Clay, Tang Porcelain, Santa Fe, NM There is a bowl kept in the Beijing Museum (considered to be genuine Hongxian) that carries an underglazed blue mark in Zuanshu script. The design of the bowl is after Qianlong and all the decorative elements resembled some of those pieces found in the Qing period. At page 62 in Zhao Ru zhen's book, first written in 1942 the author is quite emphatic in stating that ALL Ju Ren Tang porcelain produced during the 83-day window was ONLY marked in red seal script.

Q&A: Tang pottery, authentication without TL-test

4 issues in original wrappers. Black and white illustrations, 56pp, 50pp, 30pp, 45pp, wrappers very lightly soiled but overall very good. These issues are issues 1 - 4 of this journal. At issue 3 Chinese Translations changed its name to Chinese Ceramics. The articles in these issues include: A Brief Report on the Latest Excavation of an Ancient Kiln Site at Dehua in Fujian by the Field Team (reprinted from issue 5 of Wen Wu, 1979); Chinese Porcelain found in a Shipwreck on The Seabed off Sinan, Korea - Li Dejin, Jiang Zhongyi and Guan Jiakun reprinted from Kaogu Xuebao issue 2, 1979; Tang Porcelain - Li Zhiyian, Wen Wu issue 3, 1972; A Rare Specimen of Tang Tongguan Ware Unearthed in Yangzhou, Jiangsu - Jiang Hua and Gu Jian, Wen Wu, Issue 3, 1978; Song Blue and White Porcelains from Zhejiang (Wen Wu issue 4, 1980); Some Problems Concerning the Origins of Blue and White Porcelains - Fenb Xianming (Wen Wu, issue 4, 1980). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 135570) ...

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