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When needed, the Longquan kilns, known primarily for ceramics with olive or gray glazes, also produced high-quality wares for the court in Hangzhou, particularly in the twelfth century, when demand for such wares peaked. Both the blue color of this glaze and the slight cracking or crazing on the surface illustrate the ability of potters working at Longquan to make works that conformed to court taste.

Vase, Stoneware with crackled glaze (Longquan ware), China

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