Editing: Jackson Harvey
Research: Khamo Kyi
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
[Catalog No. CFV11257; © 2019 Smithsonian Institution]
Questions for Discussion
- What is the difference between a hard, fine-grained, nonporous ceramic ware that is usually translucent and white. and other kinds of ceramics such as an opaque ceramic fired between 1100°C and 1300°C to a “stony” hardness that may be buff, gray, or brown in color.? Look at the dishes or other objects around you and see if you can find an example of porcelain. What does it feel like to hold and touch?
- Read about the Chinese blue and white porcelain ceramics on view in the Peacock Room at the National Museum of Asian Art here.
- Why has Chinese porcelain been so highly valued around the world for hundreds of years? Research the history of the porcelain trade to find out.