Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279 CE)
Stoneware with crackled green glaze ('Guan ware')
Part 2. Celadon ceramics
Pre-dating the Neolithic period, ceramic wares are some of the earliest man-made objects to integrate science, technology and the arts. A close examination of ceramics can reveal the creative advances of individuals in various cultures and time periods, and reflect a society’s broader development and technical progress. With a long history of innovation and craftsmanship, celadon wares (青釉器) have provided a crucial reference point for the study of ceramic production in China. The term ‘celadon’ historically refers to specific types of ceramics coated with a green-coloured glaze. Taking its name from a French literary character known for his distinctive green attire, some scholars prefer to avoid this arbitrary Western construction and instead apply the term ‘greenware’.
Constant advances in raw material selection, firing techniques and the shaping of forms have enabled green-glazed ceramics to develop continuously over the past millennia. The UMAG collection of celadon spans a period of more than fifteen hundred years of celadon’s history, from the early lead-glazed pottery of the Han (漢朝; 202 BCE–220 CE) to the stunning Guan wares of the Song dynasty (宋朝; 960–1279 CE), providing a rich overview of the traditions and transitions of these widely-coveted objects. Focusing on celadon ceramics, the second section of UMAG_STArts will present a carefully curated selection of green wares from the UMAG collection at the Study Gallery in late-July 2021. As part of the second section of UMAG_STArts, this digital learning platform aims to offer a more interactive and dynamic museum learning experience that adds to the traditional presentation of art exhibitions. The platform not only contains a virtual exhibition, but also includes a virtual 3D Gallery presenting three-dimensional artifact models.
part 2. Celadon ceramics
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