The Monochrome Principle
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Monochrome, in the sense of painting practised without multiple colours, appeared surprisingly early, as part of the pure landscape genre that developed in the tenth century between the Tang and the beginning of the Song dynasties. The Monochrome landscapes were founded solely on the rich palette of values inherent in the brush-and-ink technique and first came to maturity in the Song era.
Song potters created a new standard of ceramics wares that for centuries to come was to serve not only as the paragon of Song aesthetics but also as a model for ceramic perfection and excellence. This cornucopia of ceramic masterpieces still inspires potters today.