In February, I travelled through out China to visit families during Chinese New Year. Along the way, I made a trip to Beijing to see the special exhibition of Ru ware at the Palace Museum. I've done some research on Ru ware for my previous post (click here). Knowing the background of it, I was still amazed by how beautiful these objects were. Celadon ceramics have been a major genre in Chinese ceramic history. There were many kilns specialized in this green-blue ceramics. I did not understand why Ru ware was so outstanding until I saw them in person. There was more blue than green in the color. The cracks were crisp as if they were still crackling underneath the surface. The difference between Ru ware and regular celadon ceramic was so subtle that you just have to examine it with your own eyes. I felt very lucky to have seen them at the Palace Museum.
Some other ceramics at the Palace Museum collection.