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By Michael Sullivan

This ebook preserves the continual narrative framework of the authors prior creation to chinese language paintings. just a extensively old strategy, he feels, one that combines vertical continuity down the a long time with horizontal wholeness throughout each one interval, permits the reader, maybe coming near near chinese language paintings for the 1st time, to get a glimpse of the entire development. yet whereas the form of the booklet 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 study, 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 idea and social lifestyles.

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In 1964, in open hillside in Lan-t*ien palaeontologists discovered the skull of a related fossil remains, to be at least County, hominid Shensi, believed, from 100,000 years older than Peking Man, and so roughly the same age as early Java Man, Pithecanthropus rohustus. In 1935 and 1939 Dr G. H. R. ). now and of Homo Thus in sapiens late of the Kwangsi alone it is human development from the to modern man. Some idea of the spe^d with are now being made can be gained from the fact possible to study every stage of oldest hominid up which discoveries more teeth and bones of Peking that within the last nine years Man OF HISTORY' have been discovered at Chou-k'ou-tien ; at Ting-ts'un in Shansi teeth and tools of a later stage of Sinanthropus have been found (200,000 years old) while the remains of a ; thal type of girl 80,000 years ago have been unearthed at of Neander- Tze-yang in Szechwan.

Mitted into the bronze culture of the Shang Dynasty, where characteristic it gave the form to the most important and of the early ritual vessels. pot with a perforated base, it becomes the pictograph for which meant, significantly, Some When hsien supporting a steamer, the *to sacrifice*. of the precision and symmetry of the black Lung-shan ware appears also in the thin wheel-made, grey pottery found by Andersson, and later by Hsia Nai, at Ch'i-chia-p'ing in Kansu. C. Most remarkable among the Lifan wares are the burnished dark grey amphorae with bold volutes curling over the body, bronze age are unique in the history of Chinese ceramics, and of which there is a fine specimen in the British Museum.

It is knowing the from art of crude stuff: a coarse greyish-brown ware, sometimes adorned with rough comb-marked geometrical designs. In the next stage, represented by Lin-hsi in north Jehol, finer, light brown and decorated with textile impressions. These were agricultural people, with a wider range of shan-hou, also we find a pottery crudely painted with red and grey stains in Jehol, a sedentary stone tools. Japanese archaeologists At Hung- unearthed in addition to the grey pottery, a fine red ware with designs painted in black, and well-polished stone axes.

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