I understanding perfectly about the cultural term. But the fact that your understanding is influenced by the cultural aspect and become a believe is why we are having this discussion. If the 5 color refers to the many color shades of yixing, then it should be name 7 color?gingkoseto wrote:I guess we have different understanding on "5 color earth" too. It's a cultural term used not only in zisha but other places, and my understanding of "5 color" in zisha is "many color" instead of literally 5 colors, referring to the many color shades of yixing products. My understanding of "5 color earth" out of the field of yixing is "all the earth of all the colors in the world".TIM wrote:
There are 5 main color clay. Before they call it Yixing Zisha, it was called 5 color earth or Prosperity earth.
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Well, in both books: "The Encyclopedia of Zisha" and "Chinese Zisha".
They both stated 5 main color earth as the original name: Purple, White, Yellow, Red, Green. And Subcategory of 6: White, Smooth (yellow), First (bone), Purple (Qing), Red (liver), Green. Divided from 9 main category inside Yixing.