China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

4 - The Development of the Ornaments on Ceramics from Northern Qi to Tang China

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Jacaranda I, First Floor

The culture of Northern Qi (550-577 CE) is regarded as an important antecedent of the high culture in Tang Empire (618-906 CE). However, there are significant differences between the decoration systems in Northern Qi and Tang. The ornaments on metal and ceramic wares, as well as textiles in Northern Qi demonstrate a strong link to the Western origins, while those in Tang are hybrid and less specific in the references. This description which is prevalent in previous studies is an insightful but vague idea, and has not yet been examined systematically.


In the current study, I will take the ceramics as a case study to investigate the development of decorations. I will first collect the ceramics which were excavated in tombs and kiln sites from the leading production centres of Northern Qi and Tang. And then, I will record the information including the motifs and forms of wares as well as the techniques of decoration and shaping. The sets of data are expected to reveal how the decorations of ceramics changed. The factors of these changes will also be proposed. In this research, the details of the role of new production techniques in the change of ornaments will be investigated. It is believed that the changes of the designs are always caused by the introduction of motifs from a different culture. I propose that, apart from the outer stimuli, the decisions of artisans, which are mainly restricted by the production technique, play a vital rule in the change of ornaments. 

Chun-I Lin

SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom

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