Development of Early Chinese Art: Neolithic Shang Zhou and Han Period

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Development of Early Chinese Art: Neolithic, Shang, Zhou, and Han Period Objective The objective of this study is to examine the development of early Chinese Art, Neolithic, Shang, Zhou, and Han Period and to describe the form, purpose and symbolism as well as the decorative motifs such as tao-tie, animal heads, dragon, and bird motifs that appear in the jade and bronzes during this time period. Introduction The Neolithic Period is part of prehistory, which is usually broken down into two main sections including Paleolithic and Neolithic. The Neolithic beings about 7,000 or 8,000 BCE and ends with the Bronze Age." (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2009) Yanghao pottery is reported to be ""¦.characterized by the use of reddish earthenware painted with black decorative designs. In some instances the designs resemble mask shapes with fish-like protrusions, in others, the designs are swirling patterns with a tooth-like pattern." (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.,2009) Approximately 90% of Banshan pottery is reported to be painted. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2009) The late Neolithic period is characterized by objects including jade moving beyond utilitarian purpose to acquire special significance stated to be 'associated with the ruling elite." (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2009) This is stated to have extended to bronze, and particularly those used in casting ritual vessels. The Xia dynasty is one of the legendary ruling

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