Other Ceramics in National Palace Museum, part1
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of other ceramics! Here, you can explore some of the most exquisite ceramic artifacts from China's imperial past. We have a variety of different pieces on display here, including White pottery guei-pitcher, Flask with ruyi handles and figures decoration in underglaze blue, Bowl in black glaze with "hare's fur" striations, Bright Yellow Cauldron with Animal-Mask Decorations, Pottery figure of ladies playing polo game in sancai tri-color glaze, White porcelain vase with loops, Xing ware, Sancai figure of a Lokapala, Guardian King, Pottery figure of a standing lady with painted colors, Tea Caddy with Gold Tracery Decoration of "Continuous Happiness" Symbols on a Red Ground and Porcelain chicken cup in doucai painted enamels. These are all amazing pieces that tell us about the craftsmanship and artistry of ancient Chinese culture. Come take a look at these incredible artifacts today!
1. White pottery guei-pitcher
Pottery was an important artifact in ancient civilizations, with sage rulers of China's high antiquity particularly emphasizing the importance of pottery-making for the people's livelihood.
2. Flask with ruyi handles and figures decoration in underglaze blue
This flask is decorated with blue and white glaze, and the neck is adorned with blue and white plantain leaf patterns. Rings of upward-and downward-facing lotus petal patterns encircle the shoulders and the bottom of the flask.
3. Bowl in black glaze with "hare's fur" striations
This bowl has a flared mouth, deep belly walls, and a small ring foot. The ceramic body is thick and heavy, and has been covered in a thick, flowing black glaze.
4. Bright Yellow Cauldron with Animal-Mask Decorations
This incense burner is in the shape of a round ting (cauldron). It has two handles along the rim and three legs joined to the body. The entire vessel is covered with bright yellow glaze. On either side of the body is an engraved animal mask.
5. Pottery figure of ladies playing polo game in sancai tri-color glaze
In the Tang dynasty, lavish funerals became popular, with grave goods being exceptionally resplendent. Various figurines of different sizes were fashioned from clay and then covered with yellow, white, green, and brown low-temperature glazes, creating a beautiful and dazzling effect.
6. White porcelain vase with loops, Xing ware
The Xing kilns were an important producer of Northern white wares located in the NeiQiu and Lincheng regions of modern-day Hepei province. The ceramics manufactured by these kilns are characterized by their fine clay bodies and pure white glaze.
7. Sancai figure of a Lokapala, Guardian King
This enormous tri-color Virüdhaka served as a tomb guardian used to ward off evil. On the head of the heavenly king is a bird with wings as if about to fly.
8. Pottery figure of a standing lady with painted colors
This figure is an example of a Tang Dynasty tomb figurine. The Tang people placed a lot of importance on funerary rituals, which often included a lot of grave goods. These were meant to provide for the dead in the afterlife and to show off the wealth of the deceased's family.
9. Tea Caddy with Gold Tracery Decoration of "Continuous Happiness" Symbols on a Red Ground
This jar was likely used as a tea container.