China to establish first “gene bank” of ancient ceramics

China to establish first ancient ceramics ‘gene bank’ – Xinhua English.news.cn

CAIRO – June 12, 2022: China plans to establish an ancient ceramics ‘gene bank’ in east China’s Jiangxi province, based on data from around 20 million ceramic pieces collected from nearly 40 years old.

Weng Yangon, director of the Jingdezhen Institute of Imperial Kilns in Jingdezhen, one of the world famous “ceramic cities”, said that there are more than 100 “genetic” pieces of information that can be traced back from only part of an ancient ceramic piece, providing but not limited to body, glaze and coating information, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Wong explained that there are also plans to restore kiln operation methods and raw material composition for old ceramic samples.

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Researchers will use an X-ray fluorescence analyzer and other state-of-the-art equipment to fabricate “genetic” samples in physical and digital form. The first batch, which includes nearly 10,000 samples of ancient ceramics, is expected to be completed in just a year and a half.

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“After the gene bank is completed, we would like to share the data with domestic and foreign academic institutions, promote research projects on the world ceramic civilization, and build an international platform for the exchange of ceramic culture” , Wong said.

The gene bank will be jointly built by the Jingdezhen Institute of Imperial Kilns, Peking University, Tsinghua University, the Imperial Palace Museum and the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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