" Pottery figurine is the result of Chinese funeral cultural developed to the historical period. It mainly refers to the pottery funerary objects in the shape of human beings or animals, however, in ancient documents Yong (literally figurine) refers to those of human beings only. The pottery funerary objects in tombs of ancient China have close relationship with the system of burying people alive with the dead in the slave society. With the development of the society during the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, the system of human sacrifices was ended and replaced by the system of pottery funerary figurines. "
Note from Luoyang Museum Signboard.
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Tang Sancai 唐三采
I read an article from the China National Geography Magazine regard this sort of art work being famous not only in this region, but the entire China. The quality production of this art work has been made in this region since Tang Dynasties. The families that continues to work and sell these art works make a huge profits from their business.
" Tang Sancai, tri-colored glazed pottery of Tang Dynasty is a kind of polychrome handicraft created by Tang potters based on the monochrome low-temperature glazed pottery of the Han and Wei Dynasties. It was so named because it has three main colors; red, white, and green, or yellow, green and brown.
Tang Sancai pieces were mostly molded into shape and subjected to biscuit firing before the glaze was applied. During the second firing, the trace metals in the glaze were transmuted, resulting in an effect of bright, mellow and magnificent colors like the sky covered with evening glow. Tang Sancai pottery was mainly popular in Luoyang and Xi'an from the reign of Emperor Gaozong to the reign of Emperor Xuanzong, when it was buried with dead in large quantities. They can be roughly divided into five categories- vessels, figurines, models, toys, and architectural components. They reflect the social life and spiritual belief of the Tang Dynasty during its heyday.
Luoyang is the hometown of Tang Sanchai, and Huangye Kiln in Gongyi was an important place for its production in the Tang Dynasty. In the early 1920, the world was impressed by the first discovery of Tang Sancai in ancient tombs at Mangshan Mountain, Luoyang. Archeological excavations have revealed that Tang Sancai pieces of Luoyang were mainly discovered in Tang tombs at Mangshan Mountain, Longmen and Jianxi District, and most of them date from the period between the reign Wu Zetian and the the reign of Emperor Xuanzong. This was accordance with Luoyang's status as the eastern capital and political, economical and cultural center. "
Note from Signboard, Luoyang Museum .
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Kids in daycare
After seing hords of parents waiting for their little ones dressed in colorful outfits every day, I joined the club in 2011 and sent my son to a public daycare. It was the first time that school of 300 pupils had seen a non-Chinese so daddy was standing out quite a bit in the crowd. After a week, my son had made tons of friends and the parents wouldnt even notice me : ) Here's some insider pics of life inside Chinese daycare.
Pollos negros / Black chicken
En las tiendas vimos pollos "negros" y nunca supimos como los conseguían , ni como los cocinaban
Lo que no sabemos es si los comimos algún día
In some shops we saw "black" chickens and we never knew how they get , or how they cook them
What we do not know it is if we ate any
The Dentist Show
This is something that struck me when we were walking on the street in Luoyang. I thought it was funny. You could actually see the dentist working on the patient's teeth here. I had never seen a dentist's office with a window on the street before. I definitely wouldn't like it if people were watching while I'm having work done on my teeth.
Take a bath
Not sure if I should recommend this but i saw some pictures of the interior of the "bath house" and some seem pretty luxury. Its a local custom i guess for business man to go there and relax among men in the sauna, shower, bath, etc...
Look at the picture below...you've been warned ! Sometimes it might be tempting to do like the locals but actually, i have seen very few people do this besides some elderly.
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