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Western technical traditions of pottery making in Tang Dynasty China: chemical evidence from the Liquanfang Kiln site, Xi'an city
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Cui JF, Rehren T, Lei Y, Cheng XL, Jiang J, Wu XH
  • Publisher:
    ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
  • Publication date:
    07/2010
  • Pagination:
    1502, 1509
  • Journal:
    J ARCHAEOL SCI
  • Volume:
    37
  • Issue:
    7
  • Print ISSN:
    0305-4403
  • Language:
    EN
  • Keywords:
    Tang sancai pottery, Liquanfang kiln site, Chemical analysis, Calcareous body, Technical tradition
  • Addresses:
    Cui, JF
    Peking Univ
    Sch Archaeol & Museol
    Beijing
    100871
    Peoples R China
Abstract
This study is based on the SEM-EDS and LA-ICP-AES analyses of a sample of twenty-nine Tang sancai sherds unearthed from the Liquanfang site, Xi'an city. The results indicate that ceramics with yellowish bodies are calcareous and those with red bodies were made of ferruginous clays. The use of calcareous clay in Tang sancai bodies is otherwise unknown in Chinese history, which suggests that the technique of Tang sancai making at this site might have been influenced by ceramic technology from the Near East or Central Asia. The paper therefore argues that the traditional approach of treating calcareous clay as the main characteristic of pottery made in the ancient Near East or Central Asia is not necessarily accurate. It is likely that some calcareous Tang sancai ceramics were made in the capital city of the Tang dynasty. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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