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Chemical Composition Analysis of Bluish-White Porcelain Unearthed from Fanchang Kiln, Anhui Province by Wave Disperse X-Ray Fluorescence

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Fanchang kiln was the earliest Chinese bluish-white porcelain kiln which first fired this special porcelain class as early as in Five Dynasties (AD 907-960). However, this important kiln declined rapidly in the middle North Song dynasty (AD 1023-1085). As to the decline reason, it is still not clearly identified till now. In order to find the truth, wavelength-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) was used to determine the elemental abundance patterns of its porcelain bodies in Five Dynasties, the early North Song dynasty and the middle North Song dynasty. The analytical results indicate that the chemical compositions of major, minor and trace elements in porcelain bodies changed greatly in the middle North Song dynasty. Combined with the results of INAA and glaze study, this change in elemental composition should be caused by the change in porcelain raw materials or body-making crafts. Meanwhile, it was just this change that led to the quality decline of raw material and rapid collapse of Fanchang kiln in the middle North Song dynasty shortly after its establishment.
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Keywords: Bluish-white porcelain; Chemical composition; Decline reason; Fanchang kiln; WDXRF

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 August 2010

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