Monday, May 19, 2008

Music from a kiln

"The [Chinese] Sung period (960-1260)... represents a cultural pinnacle when all arts expressed the ideal of harmony between man and nature. It was with the Sung porcelains that Chinese ceramic art truly matured. The Chinese use of the term porcelain at this time included not only the "pure" porcelain (with a white translucent body) but also those with gray and dusky bodies which had been fired to such a state of vitrification that they emitted a musical note when struck. This musical note was the principal test of early porcelains in China." -- From Collier's Encyclopedia.

1 comment:

Janice Thomson said...

Interesting - I knew this to be true of glass but not Chinese porcelain. I love their vases, bowls etc and have a few scattered across the house.