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Jade Clothes Sewn with Golden Thread
Jade Clothes Sewn With Golden Thread were actually funeral suits for the imperial family, a custom which first appeared in the Warring States Period (476-221BC) and prevailed in the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220).
Jade Cup
During the Wei and Jin Period (220-420), jade carving craft declined in chaos brought about by frequent wars. However, the jade cup unearthed in 1956 in Luoyang City of Henan Province was just like a lightning through the heavy haze. The jade cup was made in the Wei Kingdom of the Three Kingdoms Period.
Jade Dragon
The famous Jade Dragon, unearthed in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in 1971, is one of the representative works of China's early jade carving crafts. And, it is the earliest dragon carved from jade in China up till now.
Jade Jar of Dushan
The Jade Jar of Dushan, now kept in the Beihai Park in Beijing, was made in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and was China's earliest large-scale jade-carved article.
Jade Mountain Da Yu Taming the River
The Jade Mountain Da Yu Taming The River, carved during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and kept in the Forbidden City in Beijing, is the biggest jade article in China and one of the biggest in the world.
Art Genre & Characteristics of Chinese Kites
The art of Chinese kites has developed endlessly alongside the long history of the nation's cultural traditions. Each kind of kite art has its strong point due to its strong affinity with each rich and colorful historical period.
Main Categories of Chinese Kites
Chinese kites may be differentiated into four main categories.
Workmanship of Chinese Kites
The workmanship of Chinese kites can be summarized in four points: structuring, paperhanging, color drawing, and flying.
Lanterns Galore
Lanterns (deng in Chinese) are a special handicraft of Chinese tradition. Fancy lanterns are widely used as decorations in the country during festivals and holidays, on weddings and other celebrations.
Changxin Palace Lantern
Changxin Palace Lantern was unearthed in 1968 in the tomb built for Liu Sheng, the Zhongshan King, and his wife of the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-8AD). What's fine and ingenious about the lantern is that it not only ideally combined aesthetics and scientific technologies but also realized the harmonious unification of decorativeness and practicality.
Filigree Inlays
Filigree inlays, also called "refined metal crafts", are made of gold, silver and other materials inlaid with various kinds of precious stones, pearls, or woven patterns.
Iron Picture
Iron picture, also called "Wuhu Iron Picture," is a cross between painting and sculpture. It was first created by Tang Tianchi, a blacksmith from Wuhu city of Anhui Province in the mid-17th century.
Variegated Copperware
Variegated copperwares are the traditional folk artworks unique to Southwest China's Yunnan Province, and boast a history of more than 300 years. The process of making variegated copperware is complicated and strict, requiring high-quality copper alloy as its base material.
Beans Spill into Arts
There's more to beans than curd and paste; they can also be made into elaborate artworks.
The Magic of Butterfly Wings
Butterfly pictures are images made from carefully pieced-together butterfly wings to create beautiful, silky-smooth, lustrous and natural patterns.
Shenyang Feather Drawings: Beauty and Practicality
Using the feathers of various birds as the raw material, feather drawing is a kind of handmade artwork adapted from traditional Chinese painting, sculpting, woodcarving and decorative art.
Blue and White Porcelain of Yuan Dynasty
The Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) is a key period for the development of the firing techniques of the Blue and White Porcelain in China.
Four Famous Jingdezhen Porcelains
Chinese people have produced porcelain for a very long time. To some extent, the world became acquainted with China through its chinaware and porcelain, which was often used as a yardstick in evaluating Chinese civilization.
Ming Plain Tri-colored Glazed Porcelain
During the Zhengde reign of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), a type of colored-glazed porcelain featuring three major colors -- yellow, green and purple -- became very popular in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province.
Black Pottery
In the last step of pottery making, water is usually added slowly from the top of the kiln in order to produce thick smoke while extinguishing the charcoal. When this is done, the black pottery comes out.
Classic Work of Painted Pottery
Most painted pottery in China was made some 3000 to 5000 years ago in the Yellow River Valley in Southwest Qinghai, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces and northern Henan Province.
Tang Tri-colored Glazed Pottery
A type of glazed pottery with the dominant colors of yellow, brown and green was very popular in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was later called the tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty, or Tangsancai.
White Pottery
White pottery is a kind of pottery whose outside and inside are all white. The greenware is mostly made by hand. It uses porcelain clay or kaolinite, which contain less iron than figuline, and is fired at a temperature of about 1000 ℃.
Changzhou Shubi
Changzhou is Shubi's hometown. In Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD), the Jinghang Grand Canal crossed through Changzhou city. At that time, all streets and alleys on both banks of the canal were jammed with comb workshops, and won titles of Mushu Street (Wooden Comb Street) and Biji Alley (Fine-toothed Comb Alley).
Manufacture of Shubi
The manufacture of combs and fined-toothed combs is a complex and exquisite folk craft.
Special Status
Since ancient Chinese times, Chinese people have used combs and fine-toothed combs to maintain their health since doctors believed combing ones hair each day is an important need in traditional medicine.
History of Snuff Bottles
It is commonly believed that the snuff bottles were introduced into China by the western missionaries. The earliest reference of snuff bottles into China was dated 1684.
Types of Snuff Bottles
Many of the precious stone and mineral snuff bottles existing today were made by the Imperial Household Department of the Qing Dynasty.
Butter Sculptures
offerings molded from butter, or butter sculptures, are central to spiritual development in Tibetan Buddhism. As a unique sculptural art in Tibetan culture, the art has an origin in Tibetan Bon religion and is considered one of the exotic flowers in the treasury of Tibetan art.

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