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Powder Case with Mixed Paste of Pottery

Tang Dynasty

Height: 3.7cm   Caliber: 5.5cm

Unearthed from the eastern suburbs of Xi'an City in 1985

The round container is made with neriage, a special technique originated in the Tang Dynasty for makig pottery and porcelain wares. Neriage is characterized by decorating the exterior of wares with fine grains made of clay slices in different colors. This powder case is decorated with the statue of out-of-shape flower on its lid. The paste of pottery consists of two kinds of porcelain's clays — a mixture of white and brown. On its surface, the smooth patterns look like annual rings of wood. Few such artifacts have ever been found because of its complicated craftsmanship.