Black Pottery, Jinan
Originating from ancient pottery in China, black pottery is an important mark separating the Neolithic Age from the Paleolithic Age, as a symbol of Longshan Culture. The black pottery occurred 5,000 years ago and was regarded as another culture after the painted pottery culture appeared in the central plains area of ancient China. Discovered in Longshan Town, Zhangqiu City, Shandong Province, it’s called the masterpiece of Longshan Culture or hailed as “National Treasure”. Made on traditional kick wheels, the black potteries are burnt into different shapes through high temperature carbonization techniques. With the style of slimness, exquisiteness, erectness and unsophisticatedness, the black pottery features,“as black as lacquer, as bright as mirrors, as hard as porcelains, and sounds like Qing( the flat stone pieces in different sizes hang on a rack to make music in ancient China). As thick as 0.3 millimeters and even 0.1 millimeters at the thinnest parts, the egg shell black pottery which is as light as a sheet of paper is rated as a rare artistic work of the oriental art in the world. At present, the variety of colors and designs of black pottery reaches over 600 hundred including: jars, pots, cups, vases, Zun vessels, Juei vessels, human figures and animals. The price for the pottery wares ranges from ten yuan to more than one thousand yuan.
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