Tang Tri-color (Tang San Cai), full name tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty, is a kind of low-temperature glazed pottery, popular during the Tang Dynasty. It has three main colors, which are yellow, green and white but there are also some other colors such as brown, blue and black. Ma Weidu, a famous collector, thought highly of the pottery and regarded it as an indispensable part of Chinese history, sculpture and craftsmanship. However, as the fall of the Tang Dynasty occurred, after the Anshi Rebellion, the production of Tang Tri-color unfortunately also come to an end.
According to its exquisite appearance, magnificent colors and intricate craft, Tang tri-colored glazed pottery is evidence of a flourishing Tang Dynasty and this show, exhibiting 93 pieces of Tang tri-coloured glazed pottery, is the first of its kind to be held in Hangzhou City. It is co-organized by Shanxi History Museum, Archaeological Research Institute of Shanxi Province, Shanxi Tri-color of Tang Dynasty Art Museum and Hangzhou’s West Lake Museum.
Li Zhaonan, the executive deputy director of Shanxi Tri-color of Tang Dynasty Art Museum, has stated that to take these treasures out of Xi’an City is not only unique but extremely rare. To bring ancient cultural relics alive Tang Tri-color was, in 2015, taken out of Xi’an and now it is its first time to show off its wares in Hangzhou.
As a matter of fact, Tang Tri-color is a type of funerary object, which used to be buried with the dead. Tang Dynasty is the second flourishing era, after Han Dynasty, to have valued funerals. All the exhibits shown are from the Tang cemetery of aristocrats. There are various kinds of tri-colored glazed pottery, such as the “Pommel Horse of Three Flower”, “Hu Figurine”, “Head of Elephant Cup”, and pottery pillows.
The sun is shining and the autumn wind is just right. In such good weather, it is a good idea to travel back in time in the Hangzhou Confucius Temple. Here, you can cultivate your mind and soul. In the temple, tablets can be seen everywhere, positioning people instantly in the ancient seat of learning in the capital city of the Southern Song Dynasty. Here, you can stop and appreciate the ancient moss-covered stone tiles, which seems to narrate the thousands-of-year history of the Confucius Temple.