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[14 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Jade Cong King: A Tribute to Mother Earth | 5,071 views]
Jade Cong King: A Tribute to Mother Earth

Let’s take this Jade Cong of Liangzhu culture as an example. It is square outside and round inside, with a middle hole. Experts have speculated that it may represent our ancestors’ “hemispherical dome” belief. The square means earth, the round circle means heaven. And Cong has both of them; it is a symbol of connection between heaven and earth.

At the time, every time when a good harvest, or memorial day, they held a grand sacrificial ceremony. Liangzhu ancestors would use this Jade Cong to communicate with heaven and earth gods.

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[14 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Red Lacquer Wood Bowl: The Origin of Lacquerware | 4,827 views]
Red Lacquer Wood Bowl: The Origin of Lacquerware

The discovery of this red lacquer bowl indicates that at least six or seven thousand years ago, Chinese ancestors had been using lacquer to decorate the surface of apparatus. China is the first country in the world that became aware of lacquer and used it for decoration. And this bowl proves it.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at New York City has a great collection of Ming and Qing Dynasty Chinese lacquerwares. Go have a look!

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[9 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Taibao Tetrapod: A Delicate Bronze Ware | 1,115 views]
Taibao Tetrapod: A Delicate Bronze Ware

This bronze ware perhaps was unearthed around mid 19th century during Daoguang or Jiaqing era of Qing Dynasty at Liangshan, Shouzhang County, Shandong Province. There are six other bronze wares unearthed at the same time. All together, they are known as “Seven Treasures of Liangshan”. As the most precious one of seven, Taibao Ding was owned by several people, such as Li Zong-dai, Ding Lin-Nian, Xu Shi-chang, etc. Xu even wrote a poem “Song for Obtaining the Ding” to celebrate his ownership.

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[26 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Da Ke Ding Tripod: Another Bronze Ware Treasure | 2,273 views]
Da Ke Ding Tripod: Another Bronze Ware Treasure

Da Ke Ding Tripod is a famous West Zhou Dynasty bronze ware. Together with Big Meng Ding and Maogong Ding, they are the “Three Bronzeware Treasures in Greater China”.

Da Ke Ding Tripod was unearthed in an underground storage in 1890 with 1200+ other bronze wares, including 7 Small Ke Dings, one set of 6 Ke Bells, etc. Da Ke Ding was first bought by Ke Zhao-Min, then given to Pan Zuyin.

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[22 Aug 2009 | One Comment | 3,545 views]
Turquoise Inlaid Ivory Cup: A Luxury Taste of Wine

This ivory cup, using relief, line engraving, inlay, etc. a variety of techniques, is a rare art treasure.

It was unearthed from The Tomb of Lady Fu Hao at Yinxu, one of the oldest and largest archaeological sites in China and is one of the Historical capitals of China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yinxu is famous as the original source of oracle bones and oracle bone script, the earliest recorded form of Chinese writing.