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Liao state (916-1125)

The Liao state (916-1125) was founded by non-Chinese Khitans in the northeast periphery of the T'ang empire. The nomadic Khitans had no glazed pottery tradition, but they occupied territory that had kilns and they soon employed Chinese potters and sponsored ceramic production.

Liao ceramics were rather limited in scope, including white porcelain, white stonewares, and lead green, yellow, and brown glazes that loosely paralleled T'ang (618-906) and Song (960-1279) styles, including sancai (three-color) ware.

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