blue-and-white wares

Chinese porcelain decorated under the glaze with blue pigment (normally cobalt oxide) and fired at high temperatures. Mass-production of blue-and-white wares began in the early 14th century at Jingdezhen (Jiangxi province) and developed under the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Blue-and-white wares were exported to the Islamic world and to Europe, where they were widely imitated.

Yuan porcelainWine jar with fish and aquatic plants.  Porcelain. Yuan Dynasty.  14th century. Brooklyn Museum.