Other Ceramics in National Palace Museum, part3
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of ceramics from various dynasties! Here you will find a wide variety of pieces, from pottery figures in sancai tri-color glaze to white porcelain vases with loops and Xing ware. You can also explore sancai figures of Lokapala, Guardian Kings, pottery figures of standing ladies with painted colors, teapots with blue landscapes in falangcai polychrome enamels, bowls with blue landscapes in falangcai painted enamels, porcelain chicken cups in doucai painted enamels, purple-ground boxes with bird-and-flower motifs in fencai enamels, and celadon water containers in Yue ware. Come take a look at these amazing artifacts today!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Sancai figure of a Lokapala, Guardian King
This enormous sculpture of Virüdhaka once served as a tomb guardian used to ward off evil. The figure's eyebrows are knitted and eyes bulging, one hand being placed at the waist while the other in fist is held aloft.
4. Pottery figure of a standing lady with painted colors
This female figure is one example of the many earthenware tomb figurines found in Tang burial. The woman has a plump figure, long, attenuated brows and lashes, a small peach-shaped mouth, round face, and a composed expression.
5. Teapot with blue landscape in falangcai polychrome enamels
This teapot has a wide mouth and relatively squat body. It has a curved handle, a tubular spout, a flat base, and a concave foot. The lid has a flattened top and a round knob with a hole to the side to let air in.
6. Bowl with Blue Landscape in Falangcai Painted Enamels
During the Yongzheng reign, official wares developed in a more image-oriented direction than during the Kangxi reign, with surface decorations becoming more refined and delicate. This was due to the pursuit of imitating the elegant pastimes of painting and calligraphy practiced by literati.
7. Porcelain chicken cup in doucai painted enamels
Blue and white porcelain from the Xuande reign was prized by late Ming collectors, followed by wucai porcelain from the official kilns of the Chenghua reign.
8. Purple-ground Box with Bird-and-Flower Motif in Fencai Enamels
The Empress Dowager Cixi controlled the court in China for many years. She was known for her luxurious lifestyle and love of jadeite.
9. Celadon water container, Yue ware
This celadon water container has a sloping opening with a flat folded rim, deep arched body, flat bottom, and slightly concave base.