ICP-MS Trace Element Analysis of Song Dynasty Porcelains from Ding, Jiexiu and Guantai kilns, North China

Li, Bao-Ping, Greig, Alan, Zhao, Jian-xin, Collerson, Kenneth D., Quan, Kui-shan, Meng, Yao-hu and Ma, Zhong-li (2005) ICP-MS Trace Element Analysis of Song Dynasty Porcelains from Ding, Jiexiu and Guantai kilns, North China. Journal of Archaeological Science, 32 2: 251-259. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2004.09.004

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Author Li, Bao-Ping
Greig, Alan
Zhao, Jian-xin
Collerson, Kenneth D.
Quan, Kui-shan
Meng, Yao-hu
Ma, Zhong-li
Title ICP-MS Trace Element Analysis of Song Dynasty Porcelains from Ding, Jiexiu and Guantai kilns, North China
Journal name Journal of Archaeological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4403
Publication date 2005-01-01
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2004.09.004
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 251
End page 259
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Academic Press Ltd Elsevier Science Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
430207 Archaeological Science
260301 Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry
780104 Earth sciences
210102 Archaeological Science
210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
Abstract Bodies of Ding kiln white porcelains and their imitations from Guantai and Jiexiu kilns of the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1279 AD) were analysed for 40 trace elements by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Numerous trace element compositions and ratios allow these visually similar products to be distinguished, and a Ding-style shard of uncertain origin is identified as a likely genuine Ding product. In Jiexiu kiln, Ding-style products have trace element features distinctive from blackwares of an inferior quality intended for the lower end market. Based on geochemical behaviour of these trace elements, we propose that geochemically distinctive raw materials were used for Ding-style products of a higher quality, which possibly also underwent purification by levigation prior to use. Capable of analysing over 40 elements with a typical long term precision of < 2%, this high precision ICP-MS method proves to be very powerful for grouping and characterising archaeological ceramics. Combined with geochemical interpretation, it can provide insights into the raw materials and techniques used by ancient potters. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Archaeology
Anthropology
Chinese Porcelain
Provenance
Ding Kiln
Cizhou-type Wares (guantai Kiln)
Jiexiu Kiln
Icp-ms
Trace Elements
Continental-crust
Evolution
Cizhou
Wares
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

 
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