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Updated on June 8, 2012

Ming Dynasty Imperial Jingdezhen Porcelains

The Ming Dynasty Imperial Exhibition of Porcelains was held at Hainan Provincial Museum during the period 30th August to 20th October, 2011. The items featured were artefacts from the Jingdezhen Kilns in Jiangxi Province. Take a look at some of the exquisite works from this ancient dynasty. They are truly artistic treasures from the Middle Kingdom.

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Hainan Museum Ming Dynasty Rare Porcelain

Ming Dynasty Rare Porcelain Exhibition Poster
Ming Dynasty Rare Porcelain Exhibition Poster

Jingdezhen is "ceramic country", representative and symbolic of Chinese porcelain, and has a long history of manufacturing beautiful products. The Southern Song Dynasty emperor, Zhen Zong, named Jing De town and gave royal assent for porcelain to be manufactured there, so these ceramics became well-known throughout the world.

During the Song Dynasty and Yuan Dynasty, Jingdezhen became known for "the world's best kiln fired ceramics" national manufacturing centre. In the Ming Dynasty, the emperor established new royal kilns in Jingdezhen focussing on outstanding craftsmen, using the best raw materials and the most advanced production technology regardless of cost.

The Ming feudal emperors ordered a large number of ceramic articles of unsurpassed elegance, giving some of them to favoured officials. Jingdezhen ceramics with exquisite craftsmanship, refined shapes and intricate decorations represented the finest treasures of Chinese art.

The Ming emperors had a very strict and autocratic processing system, retaining exclusive control over these items. The workers were forced to smash and bury inside the kilns, any inferior items, thus preventing any unauthorised people owning them.

Beautiful Colours From the Zhushan District - Exhibition of Ming Dynasty china unearthed from Jing De town kilns

Zhushan Beautiful Colours
Zhushan Beautiful Colours

During the 1980's, an archeological research team discovered and cleaned up the Zhushan kiln site, as well as more than ten older, abandoned kilns underneath these ruins, obtaining many valuable specimens. The classification method, used in the recovery and repair these artefacts, was used to display this batch of high quality specimens in London, Paris Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other countries, influencing the impact on public opinion in these places.

These porcelain china artefacts on display at Hainan Provincial Museum represents the highest level of manufacturing industry during the Ming Dynasty.

~ Jingdezhen Porcelains ~

The Royal Kilns were established in 1369 CE, during the reign of the first Ming Dynasty emperor Hong Wu.

Qingbai glazed bowl with carved peony designs Jingdezhen ware 1127 1279
Qingbai glazed bowl with carved peony designs Jingdezhen ware 1127 1279

Jingdezhen Ware on Wikipedia

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Jingdezhen ware refers to ceramics, particularly porcelain, produced in the vicinity of Jingdezhen, China. Jingdezhen is believed to have produced pottery as early as the sixth century CE....


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Yong He Blue and White Floral Pot
Yong He Blue and White Floral Pot

YongHe Blue and White Floral Pot

Caliber: 8.0 cm

Widest Diameter: 34.5 cm

Bottom Diameter: 14.4 cm

Height: 44.7 cm

Unearthed in 1994 at the East door of the Jingdezhen kilns in ZhuShan. This pot has a straight opening, circular pitcher moulded body profile with a shallow oval ringed foot. The bottom is brushed glaze. There are images of Peony, Lotus, Chrysanthemum and Camellia flowers on the exterior.

Xuan De Blue Dragon Ornamental Pot
Xuan De Blue Dragon Ornamental Pot

Xuan De Blue Dragon Ornamental Pot

Caliber: 22.2 cm

Bottom Diameter: 21.4 cm

Height: 30.5 cm

Unearthed in 2004 at the North of the Jingdezhen kilns in ZhuShan. This straight opening pot has a tank body around a double angle fire clawed dragon, clearly visible with a vigorous and imposing manner. The bottom has 6 characters, inscribed in a double line.

Ming HongWu Large Blue and White Floral Bowl
Ming HongWu Large Blue and White Floral Bowl

Ming HongWu Large Straight Opening Blue and White Floral Bowl

Caliber: 41.0 cm

Bottom Diameter: 22.7 cm

Height: 16.0 cm

Unearthed in 1994 at the East door of the Jingdezhen kilns in ZhuShan. This large, straight opening, short round food bowl has 8 floral images on the exterior surface, with Chrysanthemum images on the interior.

Ming HongWu Blue and White Perennial Flower Shallow Bowl
Ming HongWu Blue and White Perennial Flower Shallow Bowl

Ming HongWu Blue and White Perennial Flower Shallow Bowl

This kind of bowl was from the Yuan Dynasty

Caliber: 22.3 cm

Bottom Diameter: 7.3 cm

Height: 10.0 cm

Unearthed in 1994 at the East door of the Jingdezhen kilns in ZhuShan. This small, round food bowl has a white, glazed bottom with floral images on the exterior; interior Chrysanthemum, Tree Peony, Pomegranate and Tea images.

Ming HongWu Blue and White Banana and Bamboo Trees Pitcher
Ming HongWu Blue and White Banana and Bamboo Trees Pitcher

Ming HongWu Blue and White Banana and Bamboo Trees Pitcher

Mouth Diameter: 7.4 cm

Abdomen Diameter: 19.5 cm

Bottom Diameter: 11.2 cm

Height: 38.0 cm

This artefact was unearthed in 1994 at the East door of the Jingdezhen kilns in ZhuShan. It has a curved pitcher body moulded with a flowing slender abdomen painted with green banana and bamboo trees with rock garden scenery. The handle has a floral design.

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