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Study on the Compositional Differences among Different Kilns’ Tang Sancai by SRXRF

  • Y. Lei
  • S. L. Feng
  • J. Jiang
  • Z. X. Zhou
  • S. L. Zhang
  • Y. M. Liao

Abstract

Tang Sancai is a general name for the color-glazed pottery produced during the Tang Dynasty. It is famous for its distinctive color in China and other Asian countries. Many kinds of Sancai were excavated in the Shaanxi and Henan Provinces. However, the provenance of some Tang Sancai has not been well identified until now. In order to group the Tang Sancai specimens of the unknown provenance to the respective kilns according to their chemical compositions, the major and trace elements of more than 100 Sancai body specimens taken from three important kilns were analyzed by SRXRF. The results indicate compositional differences among the studied Sancai specimens. The characteristics of the trace elements of each kiln’s Tang Sancai were identified by statistical methods and the results could be used as database for the identification of unknown Sancai in future.

Keywords

Tang Sancai Tang Dynasty provenance SRXRF statistical method 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Lei
    • 1
  • S. L. Feng
    • 1
  • J. Jiang
    • 2
  • Z. X. Zhou
    • 2
  • S. L. Zhang
    • 3
  • Y. M. Liao
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Nuclear Analytical Techniques, Institute of High Energy PhysicsChinese Academy of ScienceBeijingChina
  2. 2.Archaeological Institute of Shaanxi ProvinceXi’an, ShaanxiChina
  3. 3.Archaeological Institute of Henan ProvinceZhengzhou HenanChina

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