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5 Common Questions about Jian Zhan for Beginners

What are the features of Jian Zhan? 1. Iron Body. This refers to the internal lining made from local clay from Jian Yang, with high iron content. Per the sampling inspection of Jian Zhan specimens in the Song Dynasty, the iron oxide content is as high as 7% on average. 2. Iron-based crystalline glaze. Because its glaze is derived from local raw ore, the iron oxide content can even reach 15%. 3. Ware Types. Here, the classic set has a restricted entry (there is a water line below the entry edge), a constricted entry (the entry edge is slightly retracted inward), an exposure entry (the ware body to the entry edge is a straight line, representing an inverted hat shape), and...

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Jian Zhan? Tenmuko? A little history about Jian Zhan, Jian Yao

Jian Zhan originated from Jianyang District, Nanping City, Fujian Province, and is regarded as the representative of black porcelain, one of the eight famous porcelains during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It enjoys the reputation of "The Pearl of Porcelain Altar." Per relevant historical records, Jian Zhan production started at the end of the late Tang Dynasty and the Five Dynasties, reached its peak in the Song Dynasty, and has gradually declined since the early Yuan Dynasty. Quality products made by Jian Kiln (Jian Yao 建窑) were exclusively used by the Royal Court and then spread abroad, it was named “Tenmuko” in Japan.  Identifying the Song Dynasty as the heyday of Jianzhan is closely associated with the popularity of the Tea Fight. As for...

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