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By Michael Sullivan

This booklet preserves the continual narrative framework of the authors past advent to chinese language artwork. just a commonly ancient process, he feels, one that combines vertical continuity down the a long time with horizontal wholeness throughout each one interval, allows for the reader, might be imminent chinese language artwork for the 1st time, to get a glimpse of the full trend. yet whereas the form of the publication is still unchanged the textual content has been greatly revised and re-written to maintain it so far as attainable abreast of contemporary 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 trend of chinese language notion and social existence.

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C. and the late 2500 Chou period. Some of the features of this Neolithic culture are common to all early civiliza- and tions belong to culture- a complex that extends from the Nile Valley to Mesopotamia, from the Indus Valley to the Tarim Basin, linked to China by the of the Steppes*, a * Corridor natural mig- ration route. In all these areas there developed at about the same time the use of polished stone tools and of the bow and arrow, the domestication of animals, the cultivation Neolithic painted pottery from of cereals and the making of pottery.

In no be, in far smaller compass, in that of — do the forms and patterns of nature, and man's humble devotion and response to trace the germs of it, play so big a part. this attitude North China nature was a kinder master than she million years ago, in the time of Peking comparatively warm and We can, moreover, back into the remote past, when in Man, is now. Half that region a was wet; elephants and rhinoceros roamed a more luxuriant countryside than today's barren 29 hills and wind- BEFORE THE swept plains.

A. : ^m^^. THE SHANG DYNASTY the core of the aristocracy. sacrificial rites Some of them consisting of performed by the ruler and the bear very short inscriptions, generally two or three characters forming a clan name. Often this inscription square device known enclosed within a as the ya-hsing^ blance to the character ya, to its is from its-resem- A number of theories as meaning have been advanced. The recent covery at dis- Anyang of bronze seals leaving an impression of precisely this shape suggests that it was in some way connected with the clan name.

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