Northern Song Dynasty 960-1126

During the Song dynasty much of Tang magnificence was restored. The Zhao family ruled with more care and humanity than their immediate predecessors at the new capital of Kaifeng, Henan. Renowned for the love of arts and philosophy the brutality of military rule was swept aside for a long while. Economic revival followed and together with better civil administration life was much more comfortable. However aggression in the north by the Khitan peoples gradually sapped money, military strength and territory until the empire was lost in the North. As in the case of the six dynasties the capital was re-established in the South. The patronage of the arts led to a re-invigoration of Daoism and Confucianism. Printing was much more widespread and not limited to the imperial entourage, books became cheap enough for lower officials and local fiefs to buy (500 years ahead of Europe). The civil service examination system was reformed and regimented.

Emperors

Taizu 960-976
Taizong976-997
Zhenzong 998-1022
Renzong1022-1063
Yingzong1064-1067
Shenzong1068-1085
Zhezong1086-1101
Huizong1101-1125
Qinzong1126

Porcelain pagoda
Porcelain vase with dragon decoration. Lungchuan (Longzhuan) ware
Kilns at Lungchuan were noted for jade-like translucence without crackles. Song dynasty. Height 19cms. Unearthed at Lungchaun, Zhejiang.


Here are some photographs reflecting Northern Song times, click on the thumbnail to see the photograph in full


Shop Tiles
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Jingdezhen Porcelain
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Celadon Replica Porcelain
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Bao Zheng Temple
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