Qingbai ware : A study of Raozhou porcelain of the Song Period

Hideo Yoshioka
Kilns in Raozhou established themselves as leading porcelain manufacturers during the Song period, aided by an abundant supply of good raw materials, a privileged geographical position, and a growing demand for refined porcelain vessels both in China and abroad. Conditions such as these, as well as the history of Raozhou kilns, are considered in the brief introduction where other kilns in the south that produced similar wares are also mentioned. The main section of the present study is devoted
more » ... o the chronological development of the ware, and the datable tomb finds in Chinese archaeological journals are extensively discussed. This section is divided into chapters according to shapes, and different types of designs are discussed within a tentative chronological framework, with emphasis on following the developments of individual design schemes. A large number of specimens from collections outside China are referred to, in an effort to establish a relatively complete chronological sequence for each design. Comparisons are also made with products of other leading kilns, such as Ding, Yue or Yaozhou, and considerations are given to possible origins of the shapes and designs that are represented. Finally, a general picture of the chronological development of the ware is given in the conclusion, followed by a bibliography and a descriptive list of illustrations.
doi:10.25501/soas.00028616 fatcat:tx6ae5ph5vfjhanv5n6ezjhpeq