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Sancai

Versatile type of decoration on Chinese pottery using glazes or slip, predominantly in the three colors of brown (or amber), green, and a creamy off-white.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 0600
Figure of a guardian (Lokapala)
The san tsai technique dates back to the Tang Dynasty. Despite the name, the number of glaze colours used to decorate wares from this period was not usually limited to three. Traders in the West sometimes referred to Tang-era san tsai wares as 'spinach egg' because of their use of green, yellow and white (although the latter colour might more accurately be called 'amber', 'not quite white' or 'cream').

San tsai wares were made in northern China, where white kaolin and fired dark yellow secondary kaolin and refractory clay were used to make pottery. These raw materials contained very little iron. The wares were covered with white clay and glazed before firing. Due to the high plasticity of the material, intertwined underflows were formed on the piece, creating coloured patches and stripes on the surface.

At kilns in Tongchuan, Neiqiu County, Hebei Province, and Gongxiang, Henan Province, the clay used for ritual wares was similar to that used by Tang Dynasty potters. The ritual wares were fired at a lower temperature than the white porcelain of the period. In some cases, the figures in the set were personalised by hand engraving.
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Figure of a guardian (Lokapala)

Figure of a guardian (Lokapala)

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Figure of Goddess with Flame Mandorla

Figure of Goddess with Flame Mandorla

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唐  三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

唐 三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

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Fragment of an Imported Chinese Bowl

Fragment of an Imported Chinese Bowl

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唐 三彩碗|Bowl - Public domain museum image. A close up of a bowl on a table

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Chinese Ornament with Mask Motif

Chinese Ornament with Mask Motif

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Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

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唐  三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

唐 三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

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Figure of a Lady Wearing a Long Shawl

Figure of a Lady Wearing a Long Shawl

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Oblong Dish with Foliate Rim - Public domain museum image. A green and yellow plate with fish on it

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唐 三彩碗|Bowl - Public domain museum image. A close up of a vase on a table

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Chinese Covered Jar, 8th century

Chinese Covered Jar, 8th century

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唐 三彩鴻雁紋盤|Tray - Public domain museum image. A white plate with a green design on it

唐 三彩鴻雁紋盤|Tray - Public domain museum image. A white plate with a green...

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Chinese Tray, 8th century - Public domain museum image. A green and white bowl with a design on it

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唐  三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

唐 三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

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Chinese Horse and Boy - Public domain museum image. A figurine of a man on a horse

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Chinese Ewer, 7th century - Public domain museum image. A green and white vase with a handle

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Chinese Tomb Guardian Beast (Zhenmushou)

Chinese Tomb Guardian Beast (Zhenmushou)

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Fragments, 8th century - Public domain museum image. A green piece of paper with a hole in it

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Chinese Ornament with Mask Motif

Chinese Ornament with Mask Motif

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唐  三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

唐 三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

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唐  三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

唐 三彩陶仕女俑|Figure of a Seated Court Lady

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Chinese Tripod Jar, 8th century

Chinese Tripod Jar, 8th century

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Figure of a Lady Wearing a Long Shawl

Figure of a Lady Wearing a Long Shawl

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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Chinese Figure of a Groom - Public domain museum image. A figurine of a man holding a knife

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Chinese Horse and Female Rider - Public domain museum image. A figurine of a man riding a horse

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Chinese Groom, 8th century - Public domain museum image. A black and white photo of a statue of a man

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Chinese Box, 8th century - Public domain museum image. A black and white box sitting on top of a table

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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Fragments, 8th century - Public domain museum image. A piece of rock that has some writing on it

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Chinese Tomb Guardian Beast (Zhenmushou)

Chinese Tomb Guardian Beast (Zhenmushou)

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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Fragments, 8th century - Public domain museum image. A green piece of pottery sitting on top of a table

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Chinese Figure of a Groom - Public domain museum image. A wooden statue of a woman with a hat on her head

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Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

A large, old italian jug with a green and yellow floral design, China, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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唐 三彩鴻雁紋盤|Tray - Public domain museum image. A close up of a white vase on a table

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

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唐 三彩碗|Bowl - Public domain museum image. A close up of a bowl on a table

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Chinese Ornament with Mask Motif

Chinese Ornament with Mask Motif

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唐 三彩碗|Bowl - Public domain museum image. A close up of a bowl on a table

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Fragments, 8th century - Public domain museum image. Two pieces of green paper on a table

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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Vessel in the Shape of a Bird - Public domain museum image. A black and white photo of a vase

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Chinese Figure of a Groom - Public domain museum image. A figurine of a man with a hat on

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Chinese Figure of a Groom - Public domain museum image. A figurine of a man holding a knife

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Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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Chinese Tomb Guardian Beast (Zhenmushou)

Chinese Tomb Guardian Beast (Zhenmushou)

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Vessel in the Shape of a Bird - Public domain museum image. A black and white photo of a bowl

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Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

Phoenix-head ewer, Tang sancai ware

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Chinese Box with Abstract Design

Chinese Box with Abstract Design

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