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Longquan celadon ceramics exhibition debuts in Belgium

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: April 12, 2023 L M S


Locals study items at the expo in Brussels on April 4. [Photo/Tide News]

A Longquan celadon ceramics exhibition, featuring 55 exquisite works of porcelain from Longquan – a county-level city administered by Lishui city in East China's Zhejiang province – opened in Brussels on April 4.

It showcased the charms of traditional Chinese culture to an audience of fascinated Europeans.

The Longquan City Celadon Art show is being co-organized by the Chinese Embassy in Belgium, the Network of International Culturalink Entities, the Longquan municipal government and the China Cultural Center in Brussels.

Longquan celadon is a type of green-glazed porcelain that originated in the city of the same name. It has a recorded history of more than 1,700 years and was listed as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2009.


A woman admires the ceramics on show. [Photo/Tide News]

The exhibits, designed and fired by local artists and craftsmen in Longquan, include ancient classic utensils, artistic celadon ware and modern daily-use celadon porcelain. They are said to demonstrate its rich and diverse shapes, warmth and jade-like glaze and elegant green color.

Longquan celadon was introduced to Europe through the Maritime Silk Road in the late 16th century and became an instant hit with Europeans because of its ethereal beauty.

In many museums on the continent – such as the Guimet Museum in Paris, the British Museum in London and museums in Germany, Sweden, Portugal and Belgium – enthusiasts can find Longquan celadon artifacts from the Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368).

The exhibition is scheduled to run to April 28.