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For over 5000 years, Shiwan ceramic technique sculpted life-like figurines. Shiwan, a county in Guangdong Province, is famously called "the Ceramic Capital of Southern China".
A few days ago I visited Yi Ding Xuan, a shop featuring this great folk art in the Pearl Market. While entering the shop, I saw many tourists, foreign and Chinese, attracted by those colorful figurines. Figures of women account for a majority of figurines displayed. These figures demonstrate the exquisite skills of sculptors and are characterized by their vivid and human qualities.
I especially like the figurines depicting life in late 19 century. The statue of a couple with their baby show happiness of the family. Another one of a lady with her abacus in hands seemed to show her satisfaction with good business. The third one had a mother reading a book for her son, showing her high expectation for the. Each statue is unique, and tells a story.
The owner of the shop told me that the most outstanding characteristic of Shiwan ceramic art is the rich glazing colors, among which white, red and blue are quite popular.
The prices of the ceramic figurines are from RMB 150 to RMB 400.
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