Celadon - (Porcelain Chinese Japanese Korean)

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Celadon - (Porcelain, Chinese, Japanese, Korean) Celadon glaze - Sea Green, high-fired, and used on top of a white porcelain body. Gray-green or a bluish gray-green color that is translucent. Dates from the Sung period and is thought to be the result of porcelain makers attempting to simulate jade. In the eighteenth century the classic Sung wares were copied a great deal. The term "Celadon" is today used in at least three different ways as denoting a color, a glaze and a ware. There is much debate as to why this ware is called celadon. The name "Celadon" has long been thought to have come from the analogy of the color with the green ribbons of the robe worn on stage by the shepherd Celadon, hero of the pastoral romance L'Astrée, by Honoré d'Urfé. Recently, scholars have put forth the theory that the name "Celadon" might alternatively derive from a corruption of the name Saladin, a Sultan who in AD 1171 are known to have sent a gift of such ceramics to the Sultan of Damascus.


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