The exquisite vase is similar to the traditional appliance well-known in Neolithic China, shaped with a small-bore mouth, long straight neck and a sleek bulbous body.
This stately vase features with the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations, Azure Dragon (the spirit of the east), White Tiger (the spirit of the west), Crimson Bird (the spirit of the south), and Black Tortoise (the spirit of the north depicted as a snake coiling around a tortoise). The four sprites surrounding with fire are collected into together referring the wish of preventing evils and the desire of propitious life.
Black pottery gets the smooth ebony finish from its special firing process. The fuel is mixed with pigment; and the clay absorbs the color from the smoke during the firing. Traditionally, all the engravings are carved before the firing. Our artisans have also invented a new method that engraves designs on the surface after the item is fired. The color gets lighter as the artist etches deeper. So the final coloring has levels of yellow and gray, as well as black.
Black pottery originated during the Neolithic period (12,000 B.C.) in China; and this method was perfected by the Long Shan Culture (3000 B.C.) The earliest works of Black Pottery are water pots and vessels of ancient worship. Then it became the house-hold wares for daily life of the royal families.