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Major ancient white porcelain site provides important link to past, Sun Ruisheng and Cai Hong report.

By Sun Ruisheng and Cai Hong | China Daily Global | Updated: 2024-03-25 10:55
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High-end plain white porcelain pieces from the Yuan Dynasty. [Photo provided to China Daily Global]

After the collapse of the Jin Dynasty, the importance of North China as a porcelain production center diminished rapidly. A rare exception was the fine-grained white wares produced at Huozhou in Shanxi during the Jin, Yuan and Ming dynasties, Liu said.

"Huozhou was the only source of delicately made white porcelain in the Yuan Dynasty."

Huozhou white wares are small and very thinly made. They are fired on five spurs, remains of which can be seen on the inside and base of the vessels. Common shapes include the waisted dish, stem-cup with ribbed foot, and dish with flattened rim. The decorative elements on them are waves, flora and fauna such as fish, hares and birds.

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