Polychromatic means “many coloured”, however, in the context of ceramics, the term polychromatic usually specifically refers to pieces where such colouration is achieved through painting the fired piece with pigments rather than through the use of ceramic glazes. Examples of such pieces can be found in many cultures, however, with the exception of tomb pieces, the paint has usually deteriorated as is the case with much Greek polychrome work, though in some examples the paint may be in good condition. Chinese tomb figures from the Tang and other dynasties are fine examples of such well preserved pieces.

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