San Antonio Museum or Art

Curator's Choice's Sancai Glaze in Ming Dynasty Tombware by Erin Keelin, Asian Art Curatorial Assistant

Gallery Talks


Tuesday, August 6, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.

Meet at Front Desk

Price: Free.

Procession of Retainers

China

Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Earthenware with slip, lead glaze, and pigment; Sancai ware

Gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown, 2008.21.58

The distinctive sancai, or “three color,” glaze is most often associated with ceramic figural sculpture from the Tang dynasty (618-907). Sancai glaze of brilliant green, brown, and yellow also appears on figural tombware of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). In this talk, Erin will speak about sancai glazes and the changing characteristics of funerary ceramics in late Imperial China.