An Hua - (Ceramics Porcelain Decoration Glaze Chinese) Glossary of Antique Terms

An Hua - (Ceramics, Porcelain, Decoration, Glaze, Chinese) The so-called 'secret' decoration on Chinese porcelain; first used early in the Ming period, perhaps as early as A.D. 1400. This decoration can only be seen when the piece is held up to a light. In some cases the design was engraved on the body with a needle before glazing; in other cases the design was painted in white slip on a White body before glazing.


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