The colour blue gained recognition during the Tang dynasty (618 – 907). The colour comes from cobalt ores. During the Yuan (1279 – 1368) Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties, different types of cobalt ore and methods of use determined the shades of blue that appears on blue-and-white porcelain ware. The cobalt pigment is one of the few that can stand the highest firing temperatures that are needed for porcelain.
Blue and white decoration first became widely used in China in the 14th century, after cobalt began being imported from Persia. This was due to the combination of Chinese techniques and Islamic trade. Cobalt blue was regarded as a precious commodity, with the value of double that of gold.
It was not until the Mongol-ruled Yuan dynasty that the manufacturing of blue-and-white became fully developed. This development was partially due to religious beliefs. The Mongols counted as their mythical ancestors. “the hazy blue wolf” and “the white fallow doe” Blue-and-white porcelain was reserved for special occasions or as diplomatic gifts.
The blue wolf and white fallow doe, represent the ancestral male and female principles of all life. The sky and earth, the light and dark. One is not whole and balanced without the other. It is fitting that there ancestors are fabled to have given rise to the great people named “Mongols” descendants of the blue wolf and white fallow doe.
Blue Haze – Baijiu Cocktail
25ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
25ml of Bombay sapphire gin
100ml of cream soda
4 ice cubes
Put ice, V.I.P Jiu 8 and gin into a cocktail shaker and shake to mix then strain into high-ball glass, add cream soda. Enjoy!