Characterisation of Chinese Tang sancai from Gongxian and Yaozhou kilns using ICP-MS trace element and TIMS Sr–Nd isotopic analysis

Li, Bao-ping, Zhao, Jian-Xin, Greig, Alan, Collerson, Kenneth D., Feng, Yue-Xin, Sun, Xin-Min, Guo, Mu-Se and Zhuo, Zhen-Xi (2006) Characterisation of Chinese Tang sancai from Gongxian and Yaozhou kilns using ICP-MS trace element and TIMS Sr–Nd isotopic analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33 1: 56-62. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2005.06.007

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Author Li, Bao-ping
Zhao, Jian-Xin
Greig, Alan
Collerson, Kenneth D.
Feng, Yue-Xin
Sun, Xin-Min
Guo, Mu-Se
Zhuo, Zhen-Xi
Title Characterisation of Chinese Tang sancai from Gongxian and Yaozhou kilns using ICP-MS trace element and TIMS Sr–Nd isotopic analysis
Journal name Journal of Archaeological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4403
Publication date 2006-08-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2005.06.007
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 56
End page 62
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Academic Press Elsevier Science Ltd
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
210102 Archaeological Science
Abstract Tang sancai is one of the most important types of Chinese ceramics. To determine the provenance of Tang sancai is important to study ancient trade and other issues. In this paper we compare ICP-MS trace elements and TIMS Sr-Nd isotopes of visibly similar Tang sancai from two major production centres Gongxian and Yaozhou. The variation in contents/ratios of many of > 40 trace elements is small for samples from Gongxian, yet is considerably bigger for that from Yaozhou. However, the variation in Sr-87/Sr-86 and Nd-143/Nd-144 isotopic ratios is very small for samples from both places. Gongxian and Yaozhou samples have distinctive Sr-Nd isotopic and trace element features despite their similarity in major elements, and these analysis data can be interpreted with geochemistry, indicating that Sr and Nd isotopes have great potential in ceramic provenance studies. The distinct characterisation of these samples provides valuable criteria for identifying provenance of Tang sancai of uncertain origin. Two modern fakes are also analysed, and they can as well be distinguished from antique Tang sancai using above criteria. (c) 2005 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Chinese Ceramics
Trace Elements
Sr Isotopic Ratio
Nd Isotopic Ratio
Neutron-activation Analysis
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