Green-glazed pottery

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Green-glazed pottery dog, Eastern Han, 25-220 CE.

Green-glazed pottery (Chinese: 緑釉陶器) was a type of colored pottery developed in China during the Eastern Han period (25-220 CE). The body of green-glazed pottery ceramics was made of clay, coated with a layer of glaze, and fired at a temperature of 800 degrees Celsius. Green-glazed pottery is a type of lead-glazed pottery (Chinese: 鉛釉陶器): lead oxide was the principal flux in the glaze, often mixed with quartz in the proportion of 3:1.[1] The polychrome effect was obtained by using as coloring agent copper (which turns green).[1]

Due to the low firing temperature, these objects are fragile and have high water absorption.[2]

Green-glazed pottery was to be followed by Sancai polychrome glazes from the 7th century during the Tang period.[1][2]


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