Porcellaneous stoneware wine-jar of guan form, with ovoid body and gilt copper-bound mouth rim. Finely crazed turquoise glaze. Inscription on the shoulder. Late Ming to Early Qing circa 1600-1700. Courtesy of The British Museum.
Moon-shaped flask with birds, Yongzheng mark/period, AD 1723-35. The Chinese contribution to ceramic art is one of uncontested brilliance. As an art form, only ceramics cover the entire forty five century span of Chinese history, undoubtedly leaving the Chinese to claim the world's longest and foremost ceramic tradition.