ChinaVista Logo Welcome to China Virtual Tours Great Wall
Join Us . Advertise Info

Home

Attractions

Destinations

China Tours

Culture

Tips

Travel Highlight The Great Wall Beijing | Shanghai China Impression Tours Arts & Crafts | Recipes Necessity
Travel Vista Yangtze River Jiangsu | Guangdong Silk Road Tours Chinese Dress | Relics Travel Fast Facts
Cities Vista The Forbidden City Yunnan | Sichuan Tibet Adventure Tours Festivals | Architecture Find Hotels
China Experience The Temple of Heaven Shaanxi | Gansu Scenic China Tours Articles | Literature Book Flights
Chinese culture The Yellow Mountains Xinjiang | Tibet | Guilin More China Tours Cheongsam | People Buy Souvenirs
Welcome to China Virtual Tours, your premier online guide to travel in China.

tri-coloured tang

content by Mr.Du Feibao

Tangsancai refers to the tri-coloured glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A. D.), a painted earthenware which appeared in the wake of celadon. It is called "tri-coloured " because yellow, green and white were normally used, although some pieces are also in two or four colours. Developed on the basis of the green and brown glazed- pottery of the Han Dynasty, it represented a peak in the development of Chinese ceramics and was already well-known in the world in its time.

Unearthed tri-coloured Tangs are usually horses, camels, female figurines, dragon-head mugs, figurines of musicians and acrobats, and pillows. Of these, the three-coloured camels have won the greatest admiration. They are presented as bearing loads of silk or carrying musicians on their backs, their heads raised as if neighing; the red-bearded, blue-eyed drivers, clad in tunics of tight sleeves and hats with upturned brims, reproduce true-to-life images of men from Central Asia of that time as they trudged along the Silk Road to the tinkle of camel bells.

The tri-coloured glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty was developed some 1,300 years ago by drawing on the skills of Chinese painting and sculpture and employing on the bodies tri-coloured camelthe techniques of clay-strip forming and incising. The lines thus produced were rugged and powerful. Then glazes of different colours were painted on and, while chemical reactions took place in the process of firing in the kiln, they dripped naturally so that the colours mingled with each other and formed smooth tones.

The tri-coloured Tang flourished during a rather short period of time (the 8th century) of the dynasty, when pottery pieces of this category were used by the aristocrats as funerary objects. So the finds today are limited in number and are considered to be rare treasures, valued for their brilliant colour and life-like shapes.

Imitations now produced in Luoyang, Xi'an and other cities of China are well received as tourist souvenirs because of their close resemblance to the authentic works.




homego to the index of The China Experience


[ Hyper-C | Virtual Tours | The China Experience ]

ChinaVista | CityVistas | Business | Tech | Discover China | Search | Services



click here to feel china from the closest

The Great Wall Of China ||Xi'an Terracotta Warriors ||The Yellow Mountains||Guilin Tour|| Tour of Tibet|| Yangtze River

- Home - Travel - Attractions - Destinations - China Tours - Culture - Souvenirs - Tips - Travel Talk -

China Virtual Tours is a part of ChinaVista.com services. 1996-2014. Copyright Claims.