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The history of China Dolls

China dolls are often too beautiful to be considered a toy. Their history dates to the Chinese T'ang Dynasty (618-907) . Porcelain (later called china) was a closely guarded secret for centuries. To divulge the process was punishable by death. Marco Polo is believed to to have brought fine porcelain objects back to Europe after his visits to China in the 14th century. Because these objects were so rare and valuable, they were owned by royalty. The process to make porcelain was not perfected by the Chinese until the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). This coincides with Marco Polo's visits. By this time the porcelain was a fine delicate white. To make porcelain, a combination of kaolin, pegmatite(cour

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