Primitive Celadon Zun

 Primitive Celadon Zun

A work of the Shang Dynasty. This celadon jar, 28.2 cm high, was excavated from a site at Zhengzhou, Henan Province, in 1965. It is now preserved in the Henan Provincial Museum. Covered with greenish-yellow glaze, the jar was fired at a high temperature. It is evidence that at that time China had the preliminary conditions for producing porcelain, but glazing was not evenly applied and techniques were not mature. Such items indicate the transition from pottery to porcelain, hence the name primitive porcelain. It is the oldest primitive celadon so far found in China.