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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Fire Design 火纹
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Liao Dynasty

The plum blossom vase shown below is a form that emerged in the Song and became popular in subsequent dynasties. It was used both for holding wine and for holding flowers. The piece below was produced at the Gangwa Kiln 缸瓦窑, an important kiln during the Liao Dynasty (907—1125) in present day Inner Mongolia.

bottle / vase / pitcher

辽朝(907〜1125) 首都博物馆
Plum Blossom Vase
White Glazed with black painted flowers, from the Gang Wa Kiln
Liao Dynasty (907—1125), Capital Museum, Beijing

The Dangxiang 党项 were a people of the Tangut branch of the Qiang ethnic group and founders of the Xi Xia Dynasty. The artistic style of their pottery had earthy feel reflecting their nomadic roots. The vase below was made at the Lingwu Kiln 灵武窑, located in present day Ningxia.

Porcelain vase with blooming peonies
灵武窑 西夏(1032〜1227) 北京首都博物馆
Porcelain vase with inscribed blooming peony design
Lingwu Kiln, Xi Xia (1032—1227), Beijing Capital Museum
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