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By Michael Sullivan

This e-book preserves the continual narrative framework of the authors previous advent to chinese language paintings. just a widely historic technique, he feels, one that combines vertical continuity down the a long time with horizontal wholeness throughout every one interval, permits the reader, probably impending chinese language artwork for the 1st time, to get a glimpse of the complete trend. yet whereas the form of the e-book is still unchanged the textual content has been generally revised and re-written to maintain it so far as attainable abreast of contemporary discoveries and learn, and lots of of the illustrations are new. structure, sculpture, portray and calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics and the ornamental arts are all mentioned and with regards to each other and to the evolving development of chinese language inspiration and social lifestyles.

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C. 9 221- 263 220- 265J 222- 280 Wei SOUTHERN {^{yi Han . D 221- 265 V 265- 581 557- 587 386- 535 534- 543 535- 554 550- 577 Northern Chou (Hsien-piJ 557- 581 581- 6x8 618- 906 SUI ,, T*ANG i FIVE ! C. C. ^* I I' CHAPTER ONE Before the Dawn of History far off times the Universe, according to a In legend, was an enormous One day egg. upper half became the sky, its popular Chinese the egg split open; lower half the earth, and from emerged P'an Ku, primordial man. Every day he grew ten taller, it feet the sky ten feet higher, the earth ten feet thicker.

Of the shapes are elegant and somewhat metallic while the decoration, consisting chiefly of ; raised bands, grooves made and milled look. Several of the dish, beaker and dish on rings, gives it a rather machine- Lung-shan shapes, notably the wide a tall stem (Plate ib) resemble vessels in use from one to two thousand years earlier in Western Asian sites such as Tepe Hissar, Anau and Susa while ; in East Asia it has been found in a huge arc stretching from Northeast China down to Thailand and northern Malaya.

As for the Hsia, date. Yii, although the character appears on the Shang oracle bones, never used there to refer to a Dynasty, which it is may simply have been invented by the Chou people to legitimatize their conquest of the Shang, rise whom they chose to consider as usurpers. Before the of Shang there were, as we saw in the first chapter, many primitive communities, and one of those conquered by the Shang ruler may first have been called Hsia. Such communities form a connecting link between the Late Neolithic and the full flowering of the Bronze Age.

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