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Ceramics: The art or technique of making objects of clay and other materials treated by firing.

A ceramic is an inorganic, nonmetallic solid prepared by the action of heat and subsequent cooling.  Ceramic materials may have a crystalline or partly crystalline structure, or may be amorphous (e.g., a glass). Because most common ceramics are crystalline, the definition of ceramic is often restricted to inorganic crystalline materials, as opposed to the noncrystalline glasses.

The earliest ceramics made by humans were pottery objects, including 27,000 year old figurines, made from clay, either by itself or mixed with other materials, hardened in fire. Later ceramics were glazed and fired to create a coloured, smooth surface. - Wikipedia (online Jan. 2014)



Lotus ... Jingdezhen ware: ceramics, particularly porcelain, produced in the vicinity of Jingdezhen, China, as early as the sixth century CE.




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"Tang funerary ceramics are best known for figures of horses and camels, tomb guardians, court ladies, and decorated vessels. Figures and vessels were embellished using various techniques including brightly colored glazes and painted pigments. A distinctive decoration known as 'three-colors' (sancai) glaze combined lead glazes of different colors; predominantly green, amber, and cream, but also cobalt blue, yellow, brown, and black." - Princeton University: Tang Funerary Ceramics (online Jan. 2014)



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Buddhist sculpture of the Tang Dynasty evolved towards a markedly lifelike expression.
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