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Chonghwa White Porcelains, Pride of Nation

Pyongyang, April 4 (KCNA) — The Ri Dynasty Porcelain Exhibition is going on at the Korean Central History Museum in Pyongyang. Most of the exhibits are chonghwa (with blue-color patterns) white porcelains which are favorite ones of the Korean people.

The chonghwa white porcelains on display including a large chonghwa white porcelain bowl patterned with sipjangsaeng (ten things symbolizing longevity) and a chonghwa white porcelain side-dish bowl patterned with peony blossoms are charming visitors for the harmony of their soft and elegant colors.

The chonghwa white porcelains, made with white porcelain raw materials and blue pigment, accounted for a big proportion of the white porcelains produced in the period of Ri Dynasty.

The chonghwa white porcelain witnessed its heyday in the period from the mid-fifteenth century to the late sixteenth century. And its kinds and themes of picture decoration became varied.

What are main in the chonghwa white porcelains are pencil-stands, jars and flowerpots. And the contents and forms of their decoration are very rich.
The chonghwa decoration, symbolic of the chonghwa white porcelain, was only the sipjangsaeng patterns in the first half of the Ri Dynasty period. But, in the latter half, it included colorful patterns including four flowering plants (plum tree, orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo) and kilsang (good fortune) patterns.
Also new kinds of decorations were applied. Typical of them was chonghwa-crimson porcelain.

The picture decorations of the chonghwa white porcelains were mostly based on the traditional art of Korean drawing. As their brush stroke is dynamic and they have much blank space, they give fresh feelings to people.

The techniques of the chonghwa white porcelains have been carried forward in the porcelain-making field of the country.

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