Stunning detail and color
At the Field Museum, a brilliant example of the qingbai treatment shines with a blueish-whitish glow and displays beautiful detail work by the creator.
These pieces of ceramic pottery, pulled from the Java Sea shipwreck, have the qingbai style of glaze seen from the southeastern region of China in the 12th-13th centuries.
In place at the site of the Java Sea shipwreck, these ceramic bowls were cargo on the ship.
The ancient art of qingbqi — a bluish-white glaze applied to the outside of ceramics — is known to have been produced in the southeastern region of China in the Dehua, Fujian and other areas. These pieces are offered for examination at the Field Museum.
In search of kilns
In the Fujian region of southeastern China, this landscape covers evidence of qingbai kilns from the distant past. Ceramics on the Java Sea shipwreck have been linked back to this area.
Hidden in the hills
As the team hiked through the lush green landscape in Dehua in southeastern China, they kept an eye out for evidence of ceramic production in the hills.
On this path to a kiln site, the team discovers many pieces of ceramics to test for links to the Java Sea shipwreck.
Ceramic debris galore
On this hillside, a significant amount of ceramic production debris littered the overgrowth.
Pinning the locale
One of the team members records the location of the ceramic debris find at the Shimuling kiln site in Dehua, China.
At the Shimuling kiln site in Dehua in southeastern China, large amounts of ceramic production debris were available for testing.
Covering the landscape
At an ancient kiln complex in Dehua in southeastern China, named the Shimuling kiln site, pottery debris covers a pathway to the kiln.