The Song and Yuan dynasties were known as the golden age of ancient Chinese ceramic production in history, when both official and private kilns were built in large numbers. In particular, five of them, namely, Ru, Jun, Guan (official), Ge, and Ding kilns, stood out from their counterparts. With their products featuring glorious glaze colors, elegant styles, and exquisite craftsmanship, they represented the superb skills of the ceramic industry at the time. Part I of the exhibition will display more than 70 artifacts produced by these five kilns and hand-picked from the collections of 12 museums and archaeological research institutions in China, which will allow visitors to feast their eyes on the treasures of the previous Qing court and to get a glimpse of the latest achievements in archaeological excavation in the kiln sites.
Through thousands of years’ ups and downs, the firing techniques of the top five kilns have faded into history. After the founding of New China, related authorities, based on the research of excavation documents, have put great effort into resuming and studying traditional craftsmanship and made remarkable achievements in integrating traditional techniques with cultural innovations. Part II of the exhibition selects more than 90 pieces of the research and innovation results conducted by contemporary representative heirs from the top five kilns to present the achievements in ceramic research and resumption in contemporary times.
How time flies! After thousands of year, the past treasures are brought together with present innovations. Though with a long time span, they all epitomize the sense of belonging and cultural identity of the Chinese nation, which testifies the historical truth that the Chinese culture has always been developing on the basis of continuation and inheritance of the traditions.