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Using a technique perfected during the Ming dynasty, Kraak porcelain was often painted using a glazed cobalt blue. Underglazing is a method of applying the pigment to the ceramic surface before it is completely enamelled thus making the decoration completely durable.
Divided into compartments or panels, each decorated with a distinct image, kraak porcelain’s surface was generally painted with various traditional Chinese motives, such as peonies and chrysanthemums, and classic Buddhist emblems.
There are a few hypothesis concerning the etymology of the name “kraak,” with common notion holding that it ties to the Carracks, the Portuguese ships originally used for transporting this fragile cargo.