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By Michael Sullivan

This booklet preserves the continual narrative framework of the authors previous advent to chinese language paintings. just a generally historic method, he feels, one that combines vertical continuity down the a while with horizontal wholeness throughout every one interval, enables the reader, possibly impending chinese language artwork for the 1st time, to get a glimpse of the complete development. yet whereas the form of the ebook continues to be unchanged the textual content has been broadly revised and re-written to maintain it so far as attainable abreast of contemporary discoveries and learn, and plenty of of the illustrations are new. structure, sculpture, portray and calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics and the ornamental arts are all mentioned and regarding each other and to the evolving trend of chinese language concept and social existence.

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To the 'will of Agriculture in course of time became a which the emperor himself presided, and when spring sowing he ceremonially ploughed the first did he hope to ensure a good harvest thereby, but his itself further at the furrow, not only was office ennobled by this act of homage to the forces of nature. This sense of 'attunement' Man must is fundamental in Chinese thinking. attune himself not only to nature but also to his fellow men, in ever-widening circles starting Thus his highest ideal has always in the past from his family As it.

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38 CHAPTER TWO The Shang Dynasty centuries, farmers living in the village of Hsiao-t*un For near Anyang in Honan have been which they found lying in the picking up peculiar bones fields after rain or while they were ploughing. Some were polished and shone like glass; most had rows of oval notches in their backs and T-shaped cracks a few ; had marks on them that looked like primitive writing. Anyang and farmers would take these bones to apothecaries in neighbouring towns, selling them who The often ground off the marks before as *dragon bones', a potent ingredient in restoratives.

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