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Chinese giant porcelain jar breaks world record

(Xinhua)

14:32, April 12, 2012

NANCHANG, April 11 (Xinhua) -- A colossal porcelain jar produced in the eastern city of Jingdezhen, China's porcelain hub, was certified as the world's largest porcelain jar and unveiled to public Wednesday after receiving certification from the Guinness World Records.

"On behalf of the Guinness World Records, now I announce that the jar in Jiangxi was filled with 368 liters of liquor, it's a new Guinness world record," Cheng Dong, Guinness Certification Officer of China announced.

The Guinness World Records are published annually as a book, containing a collection of world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.

The on-site certification was issued at the foot of the Sanqing Mountains in eastern Jiangxi province. Known for its unique landscapes, the mountains were added to the World Heritage List in 2008 and the jar will stay there permanently.

The jar stands at 2.1 meters high, measures 1.56 meters in diameter at its greatest, with a total weight of about 2,000 kg. It went on display after being fired for 16 days in a chartered kiln in Jingdezhen, a city in the province of Jiangxi which boasts a 1,700-year history of producing fine pottery.

"Technique used in the firing and adorning process will open a new chapter in the history of China's contemporary porcelain," Cheng said. "The art combines the essence of traditional porcelain while exploring it from a contemporary perspective."

"The kiln can reach a temperature of 1,320 degrees," said Wang Zhigang, who was in charge of the application for the Guinness world record.

"It took more than 116 craftsmen nearly two years to finish the fracture and a group of painters to accomplish the pattern of the Sanqing Mountains on the profile," he said.

"This jar will help boost the profile of Sanqingshan. It will appear in the book of Guinness World Records, which is published in over 100 countries," Cheng said.

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