Underglazed and Painted Dish-shaped Celadon Pot

 Underglazed and Painted Dish-shaped Celadon Pot

Produced in the State of Wu in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), this 32.1-cm.high celadon pot was unearthed at Changgang Village in Yuhuatai District, Nanjing, in 1983. The belly of the pot, which is a funeral object, is decorated with a painting representing mourners watching a soul going up to Heave. The discovery of this pot proves that underglazed painted porcelain was produced at least 300 years earlier than the setting up of the Tang Dynasty’s Changsha kiln.