Tangsan cai, otherwise known as tricolor glazed pottery, assumes a unique status in the pottery industry in Tang Dynasty. It is cherished as a treasure. Although Tangsan cai and glazed pottery baked at low temperature stand in the same family, they differ from each other in many aspects. Tangsan cai can display diverse colors, such as green, blue, white, ocher and yellow thanks to its kaolin-made flan, metal-oxidize-turned ( such as cupper oxide, ferric oxide, cobalt oxidize) glaze colorants , and its lead-oxidize-based fusing agent. It goes through two stages before it can be completed. To follow unglazed fan baking process at 1100℃, glaze is applied to the unglazed flan ,which continues to be baked again at 900℃. Then, an exquisite Tangsan cai seems to ride a horse to come to you all the way long from the ancient Tang Dynasty, dazzling your eyes with breathtaking beauty.
This plump female pottery character in decent dress sits on the horseback with her hair hung evenly both sides , looking straight ahead. She commands a dignified, graceful composure, full of vigor and vitality. This well-proportioned, and exquisitely drawn figure radiates external and internal beauty together, which is a perfect example of tenderly and graceful artistic style and mirrors the maker’s keen observation and exceptional workmanship. The whole feature seems to fly our thought back to the booming Tang Dynasty where she was a typical beauty. In a word, it is a masterpiece .
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