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The Town of Jingdezhen

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Jingdezhen is the world renowned Porcelain Capital, listed with Foshan in Guangdong Province, Hankou in Hubei Province and Zhuxianzhen in Henan Province as the four porcelain towns in Chinese history. It is on China’s State Council primary list of cultural/historical cities. Jingdezhen was called Xinping and Changnan in the old times. It is now famous due to the porcelain made there. Historical records show that the making of porcelain in Jingdezhen dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 220 AD), which gives it porcelain making history of over 2000 years.

Ancient China porcelain makers seem to have had a unanimous preference for the color green from their palette. The porcelain made during different dynasties mainly varied in the intensity or tone or ambience of this color. Multicolored items have not been found yet. Porcelain kilns were set up during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1279). They imitated the color, tone and the humid-feeling quality of the original whitish-green porcelain and produced whitish-green porcelain of elegant quality and voluptuous veneer, achieving the climax of green porcelain craftsmanship.

Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum

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The Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum is the first of its kind and located in the world-renowned porcelain capital. It is in close proximity to the beautiful Lotus Pond inside the city.

The museum boasts nineteen thousand ceramic articles. Of all these collections, the Ming-Qing Dynasty Official Ceramics, the Minguo Ceramics, the ceramics of the Cultural Revolution and the artistic works by modern masters all enjoy high reputations and prestige both in China and abroad. The museum is a most important systematic and holistic showcase for glorious achievements in ceramics during the last two thousand years.

The museum boasts a floor of 2000 square meters, and is divided into two parts, with one part hosting the modern exhibits and the other part hosting ancient exhibits. The ancient exhibits are displayed in a chronological order, while the modern exhibits are categorized according to the genres of the work. Of all the exhibits, the Green Peony Glazed Vase from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the Green Cock Crown Glazed Platter from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the Colorful Bunch of Deities Pen Holder from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the Colored Treasure Imported Painting Vase and the Colored Hundred Deer Stand are all national treasures.

The collection of fine Jingdezhen ceramics, produced during the last one hundred years, in this museum is insurmountable both in its quantity, quality and variety.

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