Monday, August 23, 2010

Ru Kiln incense burner

oil on canves 9*11

Ru is One of the Five Great Kilns of China.

The years of the Song Dynasty from 960 - 1279 A.D., were a time of great cultural change in China. During this time many kilns were built throughout China producing a vast array of pottery and porcelain ware. Official government kilns were set up and ordered porcelain made to specific standards of pattern and design. The styles were simple and natural with a light glaze.

The Emperor Huizong tired of the white porcelain produced in the kilns of Dingzou and Yaozhou and ordered a new kiln to be established, the Ru kiln. This Imperial kiln produced porcelain in a soft sky blue celadon with a beautiful glaze. In production for only twenty years under the rule of Emperor Zhezong, 1085-1110 A.D., and Emperor Huizong, 1110-1125 A.D., the Ru kiln was shut down when the Northern Song Dynasty fell to the Jin Dynasty. During those twenty years it produced vessels that were only used by the ruling family of China. Before being claimed as a kiln of the Imperial government, the Ru kiln produced wares for regular citizens

Along with Ru kiln, the four other great kilns of the Song Dynasty include Ding, Ge, Imperial and Jun kilns.

The porcelain of the Ru kiln is considered to be the most highly prized and rarest of all the ceramics made by the artisans of ancient China. This is because of the limited number of pieces that are in existence today. Before the discovery of the original location of the kiln in 1986, there were less then 60 pieces of Ru china intact.

The kiln site was found in the province of Henan, Baofeng County in the village of Qingliangsi. Through careful archaeological digging there have been 37 more pieces of Ru porcelain uncovered. Of those pieces, 22 were intact and the rest were fragments.

Mine? Of course is copy...haha~

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