Fahua ceramics share technical parallels with cloisonné enamels, as both media feature enclosures filled in with a colored glaze or enamel. Known as alkaline, the glazes used on fahua wares form a separate group, marked by a higher potassium-to-lead ratio. In this mixture, copper oxide creates the bright turquoise color that is also ubiquitous in cloisonné.
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Title:Bottle with lotuses
Period:Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:late 15th century
Medium:Porcelain with raised slip and enamels (Jingdezhen fahua ware)
Dimensions:H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm); Diam. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Credit Line:Bequest of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1960
John D. Rockefeller Jr. American, New York (until d. 1960; bequeathed to MMA)
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