Wine Jar (Guan)
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Similar to cloisonné enamel wares, in which raised wires (cloisons) are used to fuse enamels onto a metal body, in fahua wares lines of raised liquid clay, called slip, are used to create a design on a ceramic body. The design is then filled in with a variety of colored glazes including dark blue, turquoise, purple, yellow, green, and cream. Produced from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, fahua appears on roof tiles and garden seats as well as on large vessels such as storage jars, vases, and incense burners.