The Emergence of Proto-porcelain in the Shang and Zhou Dynasties

Proto-porcelain appeared no later than the Shang Dynasty and was produced in large quantities in the Western Zhou Dynasty, the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period. After the Western Han Dynasty, the production declined. Proto-celadons, still bearing some primitive characteristics, represent the primary stage of porcelain-making.


Double-Eared White Pottery Pot Engraved with Taotie Design

Shang Dynasty

Height: 22.1cm

Mouth diameter: 9.1cm

Foot diameter: 8.9cm

Double-Handled Primitive Celadon Jar

Early Western Zhou Dynasty

Height: 13.2cm

Mouth diameter: 8.4cm

Primitive Ceramic Wine-Heating Vessel with a Handle

Warring States Period

Height: 17.7cm

Mouth diameter: 7cm