Tang Sancai--Tri-colored glazed of the Tang dynasty


Beautiful Tang Sancai Works can tell us a lot about the colorful life of the Tang people.


Upon mention of Tang Sancai, images of beautiful tri-colored glazed horse figures immediately arise in one's mind and you'll naturally think of the prosperous Tang Dynasty, as well as Luoyang, the hometown of this unique art.


Wandering through the Tang Sancai Pottery Art Museum in Luoyang, the cultural wealth of the flourishing Tang dynasty is evident in the exquisite collection. The museum houses more than 100 pieces of fine Tang Sancai pottery, including works that had been taken out of the country long ago. Actually, these Luoyang Tang Sancai works were created by the museum curator Gao Shuiwang, and are actually high-quality copies of ancient unearthed relics.


"Sancai" refers to a technique that mainly uses the three colors of yellow, green and white in glazed pottery manufacture. It was most commonly used and developed in the Tang Dynasty, giving it its name "Tang Sancai". Originating in the early period of Tang, it developed and flourished in the mid-Tang Dynasty, before finally declining in the Song Dynasty. The technique was lost for nearly a thousand years.


The works are housed in log-colored wooden showcases in the museum in order to highlight the rich and bright colors of the Tang Sancai works. Presently, there are more than ten genuine relics in Luoyang Tang Sancai Pottery Art Museum, many of which are precious ceramic works from the Han, Song and Yuan dynasties. They reveal the history of Tang Sancai from its origin, to its period of prosperity, to finally, its lapse.


The museum also exhibits about 180 high-quality Tang Sancai works made by Gao Shuiwang, including human, horse and camel figures, as well as ancient household utensils. Citizens and tourists can watch the manufacturing process of Tang Sancai works from an open platform at the center of the museum.                   

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