Comparing Chinese Imagery And Art

1602 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 7 Pages
The Neolithic Period, tracing back as early as 10,000 BC, where “evidence of pottery making appears” (Heritage East Group, 2012) as agriculture emerges. As villages and people become more settled, “discrete ceramic traditions evolve that show a distinctive Chinese approach to form, decoration, and technique, leading to the identification of more than thirty Late Neolithic cultures throughout China”(Heritage East Group, 2012).
Chinese writing, lacquer, a substance that gives wood a polished finish and solidifies to form a hard and clear layer begins to be used in practise, with sculptures and pottery being produced. Additionally, animal themes, similar to the patterns used in bronze casting, like the use of the dragon can be seen, which later grow into what I believe, to be a very stereotypical idea of Chinese imagery and art. During this period technology was basic. Therefore, settling Neolithic villages were found near rivers (for water supply). I believe this is a contributing factor as to why “the first decorations were fish and human faces” in pottery (Heritage East Group, 2012).
The period between the start of the Shang Dynasty, 1600BC, and the Zhou Dynasty, 256BC, is widely referred to as the “Bronze Age of China” by many (The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, 2015). However “engineering technology for irrigation, drainage, waterways, canals, dikes, dams” (Patented News, 2015) would see China become more diverse, and, therefore, broadening the artistic horizons for many,…
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