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Sharing the Beauty of China: Chinese Cultural Relics

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Language: English
Page: 180
Publication Date: 08/2018
ISBN: 9787508540252
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China is the birthplace of one of the four greatest civilizations in the world, hence those cultural relics which, in huge quantities and immensely rich varieties, have always been fascinating. These cultural relics were produced during different periods of the Chinese history, over well over 7,000 years. They are gems of the Chinese civilization. This book gives a brief account of 8 types of cultural relics unearthed in China so far, including pottery, porcelain, jade and bronze. These are seen as the most representative of the Chinese culture, each in its own way providing a glimpse into ancient China. 

About Author

Li Li, born in Jilin Province in 1952. Graduated from the Department of History, Peking University.
Member of the China Archaeology Society, associate editor of the monthly Cultural Relics published by the National Bureau of Cultural Relics of China. Co-author of Beauty of China—an Illustrated History of the Chinese Arts, co-author of Art of Rule by Using the Pen and the Sword, author of Fine art of the Qin and Han Dynasties, Vol. 3, History of the Chinese Civilization, coauthor of Cultural Events of the Wei-Jin-Southern-Northern Dynasties, in General History of the Chinese Culture, co-author of Cultural Relics and Fine Art.

Table of Contents
Foreword
Painted Pottery
Origin of Pottery Art
Development of Painted Pottery
Painted Pottery of the Yangshao Culture
Prehistory Pottery Later than Those of the Yangshao Culture
Jade Artifacts
“Beautiful Stones” and Jade
Jade Artifacts of the Xinglongwa Culture and Hongshan Culture
Jade Artifacts of the Liangzhu Culture
Jade Carvings of the Shang-Zhou Period
Funerary Objects of Jade
The Bloom of Jade Artifacts
Bronze Ware
Bronze Technology
Bronze Sacrificial Utensils
Decorative Designs and Inscriptions on Bronze Ware
Animal-shaped Bronze Vessels and Bronze Human Figures
Bronze Weapons, Helmets and Shields
Porcelain
Porcelain of the Six Dynasties
Porcelain of the Sui-Tang Period
Porcelain Kilns of the Song Dynasty
Blue and White Porcelain of the Yuan Dynasty
Painted Porcelain of the Ming-Qing Period
Sculpture
Tomb Figurines
Mausoleum Sculptures of Stone
Grotto Temples and Formative Art of Buddhism
Painting
The Origin of the Art of Painting
Paintings of the Han and Jin Dynasties
Painting Style of the Sui-Tang Period
Painting Academy of the Song Dynasty
The Literati Paintings in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties
Furniture
Furniture before the Han Dynasty
Development of “Furniture with High Legs”
Ming-style Furniture
Indoor Furnishing
Arts and Crafts
Gold and Silver Artifacts
Lacquer Works
Bamboo, Wooden, Ivory and Animal Horn Articles
Artificially Shaped Gourds
Embroidery
Cloisonne
Purple Clay Teapots
The Collection and Preservation of Cultural Relics
Collecting in the Flourishing Age
Treasures Lost in the Troubled Times
Arduous Task ahead for the Protection of Cultural Relics

 
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The Chinese civilization is one of the four most ancient in the world. Relative to the Egyptian, Indian and Tigris-Euphrates civilizations, it is characterized by a consistency and continuity throughout the millenniums. Rooted deep in this unique civilization originating from the Yangtze and Yellow River valleys, a yellow race known as the “Chinese” has, generation after generation, stuck to a unique cultural tradition. This tradition has remained basically unchanged even though political power has changed hands numerous times. Alien ethnic groups invaded the country’s heartland numerous times, but in the end all of them became members of a united family called “China.” 
Cultural relics, immeasurably large in quantity and diverse in variety and artistic style, bespeak the richness and profoundness of the Chinese civilization. These, as a matter of fact, cover all areas of the human race’s tangible culture. This book classifies China’s cultural relics into two major categories, immovable relics and removable relics. “Immovable relics” refer to those found on the ground and beneath, including ancient ruins, buildings, tombs and grotto temples. “Removable relics” include stone, pottery, jade and bronze artifacts, stone carvings, pottery figurines, Buddhist statues, gold and silver articles, porcelain ware, lacquer works, bamboo and wooden articles, furniture, paintings and calligraphic works, as well as works of classic literature. This book is devoted to removable cultural relics, though from time to time it touches on those of the first category.
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