TitleICP-MS trace element analysis of Song dynasty porcelains from Ding, Jiexiu and Guantai kilns, north China
AuthorsLi, BP
Greig, A
Zhao, JX
Collerson, KD
Quan, KS
Meng, YH
Ma, ZL
AffiliationUniv Queensland, Adv Ctr Queensland Univ Isotope Res Excellence, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia.
Beijing Univ, Sch Archaeol & Museol, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China.
Shanxi Provincial Inst Archaeol, Taiyuan 030001, Peoples R China.
Handan City Cultural Rel Inst, Handan 056002, Peoples R China.
KeywordsChinese porcelain
Ding kiln
Cizhou-Type wares (Guantai kiln)
Jiexiu kiln
trace elements
Issue Date2005
Publisherjournal of archaeological science
CitationJOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE.2005,32,(2),251-259.
AbstractBodies of Ding kiln white porcelains and their imitations from Guantai and Jiexiu kilns of the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1279 AD) were analysed for 40 trace elements by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Numerous trace element compositions and ratios allow these visually similar products to be distinguished, and a Ding-style shard of uncertain origin is identified as a likely genuine Ding product. In Jiexiu kiln, Ding-style products have trace element features distinctive from blackwares of an inferior quality intended for the lower end market. Based on geochemical behaviour of these trace elements, we propose that geochemically distinctive raw materials were used for Ding-style products of a higher quality, which possibly also underwent purification by levigation prior to use. Capable of analysing over 40 elements with a typical long term precision of < 2%, this high precision ICP-MS method proves to be very powerful for grouping and characterising archaeological ceramics. Combined with geochemical interpretation, it can provide insights into the raw materials and techniques used by ancient potters. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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