This vase is decorated with the image of flying dancing goddess by shadow carving technique. Flying Goddess is one of the artistic drawings from Chinese Buddhist mural, often sighted in the famous Dunhuang caves.
She is an embodiment of the God of Singing and Music in Buddhism, offering her fair-sounding music and fetching dance to Buddha. Ancient Chinese artists created this fine image to express their desire for blest lives in Buddhas land.
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.