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Longquan celadon cup - carp


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Hand-made celadon teacup from Longquan (龍泉)
Authentic Longquan porcelain cup made through 12 hours baking under 1300 centigrade kiln
Embossed elaborate carp on the bottom. (carp symbolize longevity in Chinese tradition)
Dimensions: 6.3 cm (D) - 3.4 cm (H), 30 ml (1 fl oz)
Crafted from Longquan, Zhejiang

Longquan celadon (龍泉青瓷)
Produced in kilns which were largely located in Lishui prefecture in southwestern Zhejiang Province.
Celadon production had a long history at Longquan and related sites, and there was the great expansion of both quality and production after 1127.
Longquan celadons were an important part of China's export economy for over five-hundred years.
In traditional Western terms, celadons are strictly counted as stoneware, since the fired clay body is neither white nor translucent.But some Western writers consider the wares should be "regarded as porcelain". Compromise terms such as "porcellanous stoneware" may be used to describe the pieces.
The Longquan celadons were among the finest of a range of celadon wares produced in China. The wares are hardly ever painted.
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