Were these pots painted?
Yes, these Chinese blue-and-white porcelain vessels would have been painted as part of their production process. Cobalt blue pigment would have been painted onto the surface of the vessel prior to glazing and firing.
Due to the high heat required to create porcelain, few pigments would have been able to withstand this process. Cobalt is one of those pigments!
This is so beautiful!
This is an example of Ming-dynasty blue-and-white porcelain, often regarded as the height of sophistication and craftsmanship in the style.
This jar was likely produced for a domestic Chinese audience. The figure on the jar, thought to be related to a Chinese novel written in the early Ming dynasty, would have resonated with the scholarly elite of the time.
Were these Chinese ceramics thrown on a wheel?
Yes. While early on in the history of Chinese ceramics, the vessels were hand-molded, by the late Neolithic period, the potter's wheel facilitated the production of more uniform vessels.