Dating chinese pottery

The Yue area in Zhejiang was still known for its production of jade-like celadon porcelain.

After the Battle of Talas in 751, the Tang Empire lost control of the Silk Road trade routes, but Middle-Eastern people ruled Central Asia and became directly involved in extensive Silk Road trade.

The Mongols defeated the Song Empire and created the Yuan Empire. The blue and white porcelain of Jingdezhen was further refined and continued to be a favorite porcelain in the empire, and it was exported as well. In the Ming Empire, Jingdezhen continued to be a production center for blue and white porcelain.

A dynastic law specified that idols and ritualistic objects used in shrines and temples should be made of white porcelain.

The Ming people preferred the the distinctive warm ivory-white porcelain that the Dehua area produced.

The trade was conducted along the Northern Silk Road and by sea routes.

Since the Sui and Tang dynasties Chinese porcelain divided into two types: black porcelain and white porcelain.

In 851, a traveler named Suleiman was in the Tang Empire in 851.

He wrote: Porcelain vessels were valuable in the Muslim countries and were highly prized imports in the late Tang era.For this reason, the Jingdezhen Ming Dynasty blue and white porcelain is considered to be the pinnacle of beauty and exquisite artwork on this type of porcelain.The Ming Dynasty rulers prefered Dehua porcelain of Fujian Province for ritualistic and religious uses.By so doing, they made a kind of light but strong ceramic that was preferable for artistic and decorative purposes, and it has been in high demand ever since.Recent archeological finds of porcelain pieces in Han-era sites show that porcelain was produced in the Han Empire, but not much is known about their porcelain production.The Moslem world was the biggest Western market, and the porcelain reached there by sea routes since the Silk Road was closed off.

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