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By Michael Sullivan

This publication preserves the continual narrative framework of the authors previous creation to chinese language artwork. just a generally ancient method, he feels, one that combines vertical continuity down the a while with horizontal wholeness throughout each one interval, allows the reader, maybe forthcoming chinese language paintings for the 1st time, to get a glimpse of the total development. yet whereas the form of the publication continues to be unchanged the textual content has been broadly revised and re-written to maintain it so far as attainable abreast of modern discoveries and learn, and plenty of of the illustrations are new. structure, sculpture, portray and calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics and the ornamental arts are all mentioned and on the topic of each other and to the evolving development of chinese language suggestion and social lifestyles.

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Ku. a beautiful patina, much valued by connois- which ranges from malachite green and kingfisher blue to yellow or even red, according to the composition of the metal and seurs, the conditions under which the vessel was buried. Forgers have 50 THE SHANG DYNASTY gone to enormous trouble to imitate these effects, and Yetts which each generation buried records the case of one family of dug up and fakes in specially treated soil, to be sold by the next generation but one. It was long thought that the Shang and made by bronzes were the crre-perdue method; for how, Chou was it argued, could such exquisite detail have been modelled except in wax?

Within this DAWN now OF HISTORY inhospitable area, forming the modern provinces of Honan, Hopei, Shensi and Shansi, was born a uniquely Chinese feeling of oneness with nature which, in course of time, was to find highest expression in philosophy, poetry its and painting. This sense of communion was not merely-philosophical and artistic; it had a practical value as well. For the farmer's prosperity, and hence that of society as a whole, depended upon his knowing the seasons and attuning himself Heaven', as he called ritual over it.

From clay they also made spindle-whorls and even hairpins, with fishes but the finer objects heads were made of such as needles, fish hooks, spoons and arrow- bone. Part of the village of Pan-p*o has been roofed over and preserved as a museum of Chinese Neolithic culture. The painted pottery first discovered at Pan-shan in Kansu has not been matched in quality and beauty by any Neolithic wares discovered since. It consists chiefly of mortuary urns, wide and deep bowls and tall vases, body Though (Plate la).

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