To deepen the understanding of cultural and social background of the monochrome ceramic wares of Imperial China.
The Palace Museum’s Essential Collection
Selected 290 of monochrome ceramic wares of different dynasties
The Palace Museum, the Forbidden City, has a comprehensive collection of the world's largest treasury of ancient Chinese art. The Museum is an abundant resource for anyone who are interested in Chinese paintings, ceramic wares, jade wares, calligraphy, furniture, and other valuable treasures.
This title offers descriptions of a selected collection of 290 sets of monochrome ceramic wares from different dynasties. It also features an introductory essay by the museum’s expert who unfolds the historical and artistic value of monochrome ceramic ware.
Shan Jixiang was born in Beijing in 1954. He received his doctorate degree in Urban Planning and Design from the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, and studied in Japan from 1980 to 1984. After his return to China, Dr. Shan held several posts such as deputy director of Beijing Municipal Administration of City Planning, director of Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage, director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, and director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. Since January of 2002, Dr. Shan has taken up positions of director of the Palace Museum, researcher of the Palace Museum, director of China Cultural Relics Academy, and vice chairman of China Building Decoration Association.
LU Chenglong was born in Longkou, Shandong, in 1962. He graduated and received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Engineering of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. At a later time, he took the postgraduate courses of Qing history in Renmin University of China and then conducted research in Nagasaki, Japan. Since 1984, Mr. Lu has served in the Palace Museum and worked in the authentication, display, and conservation of ancient ceramics. He is the deputy director of the Antiquities Department of the Palace Museum, researcher of the Palace Museum, member of the Academic Committee, head of the Institute of Ancient Ceramic, and executive director of China Ancient Ceramics Society.