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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Chinese pottery and porcelain

Chinese pottery and porcelain always exerted a strong influence in Korea, but Korean potters introduced subtle variations on Chinese models. Gray stoneware, found in tombs, was typical of the Silla dynasty (4th to 10th century ad).

Song-influenced celadons characterize pottery of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). Tradicional Chos┼Ćn pottery (1392-1910), the blue and white style ranks as some of the most beautiful in the world. Later work, although less refined, was admired for its straightforward dignity. Koreans, in turn, introduced Korean and Chinese pottery into Japan.

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