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Ancient Chinese Art Slides

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Ancient Chinese Art Slides 1.) It is the masterpiece of colored pottery painting discovered at the site. The basin was gracefully decorated with a design of fish and a human face. On its head, the hairs were well-pinned into a knot. A fish was held in each corner of its mouth. The design depicts close relation between Bnapo people and fish, which probably the totem of them. Elements from Qinghai Neolithic culture appear through the various genres of painted pottery ( caitao ) that have been found in eastern China. 2.) Jade carvings called cong , used to worship the earth. From recently excavated burial sites, it is apparent that only a few people had the wealth of jade objects. The cong, or ts'ung tube, is a cylindrical carving with a square cross-section, often showing fine incised carvings. The cong is meant to represent "the square earth" (ti-fang). It is obvious from the excavations that these pieces were used to protect and accompany the body in transit to the afterworld. 3.) Fang ding - square kettle for cooking.   The strong religious sense of bronze objects brought up a great number of vessel types and shapes.   The different types were used for three purposes: as vessels containing millet wine, vessels containing food or vessels containing water. These prestige items were granted by a lord to his vassal, and buried with the recipient when he died. It was also the king's duty to please the great forces of nature, the sun and rain gods, who controlled the outcome of the harvest. So that these gods and his ancestor spirits would look favorably on his kingdom, the king made regular sacrifices of wine and cereals which were placed in elaborate bronze vessels and heated over the fires on the temple altar. Bronze was related to power and divinity. Bronze vessels were the symbol of royalty, and played central roles in ancestor worship and state rituals.
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