China to build ‘gene bank’ of ancient ceramics – Xinhua

Combined file photo showing the restoration process of a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) ceramic seat at the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Institute in Jingdezhen city, east China’s Jiangxi province ). (Xinhua)

NANCHANG, June 11 (Xinhua) — China will establish an ancient ceramics “gene bank” in east China’s Jiangxi Province, based on data from nearly 20 million ceramic specimens accumulated over some 40 years, authorities announced on Saturday.

More than a hundred “genetic” information can be traced through a single fragment of ancient ceramics, offering details of body, glaze, pigment, to name a few, said Weng Yanjun. , chairman of the Jingdezhen Imperial Furnace Institute in the city. of Jingdezhen, a world famous “porcelain capital”.

According to Weng, there are also plans to restore the firing process and raw material formula of ancient ceramic specimens.

The researchers will use an X-ray fluorescence analyzer and other modern sophisticated equipment to make “gene” specimens with the physical and numerical forms. It is expected to complete the first batch of nearly 10,000 specimens of ancient ceramics in just one and a half years.

“After the completion of the gene bank, we would like to share the data with academic institutions at home and abroad, to foster research projects on world ceramic civilization and build an international platform for culture exchange. ceramics,” Weng said.

The gene bank will be co-constructed by the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Institute, Peking University, Tsinghua University, the Palace Museum and the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics under the Chinese Academy of science.

Photo taken on June 8, 2022 shows a staff member showing a ceramic specimen from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) at the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Institute in Jingdezhen city, east China’s Jiangxi Province ). (Photo by Wang Kaifeng/Xinhua)

Undated photo showing the exterior view of the Jingdezhen Imperial Furnace Museum in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province. (Xinhua)

Photo taken on June 8, 2022 shows a staff member showing “genetic” specimens of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) ceramics at the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Institute in Jingdezhen city, east China’s Jiangxi province. from China). (Photo by Wang Kaifeng/Xinhua)

Undated file photo showing the kiln relic site in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi province. (Xinhua)

The combined file photo shows a restored duck-shaped three-color incense burner (top) from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and its relics before restoration at the Jingdezhen Imperial Furnace Institute in the city of Jingdezhen , in the province of Jiangxi (eastern China). (Xinhua)

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