Culture Insider: Chic items in ancient China

The ancient Chinese are not that “ancient” as modern people imagine. They used refrigerators, barbecue grills, carried handbags, wore high-heeled shoes and even used a diving suit. The cultural relics left by them tell us how they fully enjoyed their lives a long time ago. Let’s take a peek.

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A maid from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) with a handbag is seen on a Dunhuang fresco. The murals in Dunhuang, Gansu province are gems of ancient Chinese art.
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A barbecue grill made with glazed pottery from the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220). The grill has pottery cicadas on it.
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This is regarded as the earliest refrigerator in China. The bronze fou (a crock with a narrow opening) from the Warring States Period (475-221BC) was excavated from the Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (Chinese: Zeng Hou Yi), an important archaeological site in Hubei province. Space between the fou’s layers can store ice.
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A watch-like finger ring was excavated from an archeological site in Shangsi county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. This burial artifact belonged to a royal man who lived during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
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A “diving suit” with equipment to supply the diver with oxygen while collecting pearls. Its introduction can be found in The Exploitation of the Works of Nature (Tiangong Kaiwu ), an encyclopedia covering a wide range of technical issues, published during the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644).
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painting of women playing “Chinese golf”- Chuiwan, during the Ming Dynasty. Chuiwan, literally means “ball-hitting” and was a game in ancient China. The popularity of this game peaked in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Its rules resemble modern golf.
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This artwork shows women from the Sui Dynasty (581-618) wearing suspender skirts.
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 A “mileage recorder” carriage used by noble people during the Han Dynasty (260 BC-AD220). Two wooden men stand on the carriage with drumsticks in their hands. When the carriage moved 500 meters, a wooden man would beat the drum. When the carriage moved 5,000 meters, another wooden man beat the drum as well.
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A painting of a woman wearing a hairnet during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
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A pair of high-heeled shoes from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

(source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2014-11/12/content_18879304.htm

 

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Culture insider: Chinese paintings on fans

China has been dubbed the “kingdom of fans” for many years. Fans were not always tools for cooling oneself, but also were symbols of status and taste. One main reason is that fans sometimes were decorated with paintings, poems or calligraphy.

There were many kinds of fans in ancient China, though only two types with paintings, the round fan, popular in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) and the folding fan, prevalent in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), have grown to be truly appreciated by art collectors. Those that held a famous artist’s painting or calligraphy were highly prized possessions.

An artist from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Zhu Yunming once compared the difficulty of painting on the surface of a fan to a girl dancing on debris, because of the fan surface’s limited space, special shape and different textures, such as colored paper, thin silk and so forth.

Now let’s take a closer look at some of the prettiest Chinese fan paintings and feel a cool breeze in the scorching summer.

 

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Fan painting by Yao Yuehua,Flowers in the Vase, Song Dynasty (960-1279). The birth of the round fan was much earlier than those of the folding variety. Its shape, like a full moon, signifies the auspicious union and happiness.

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Fan painting by Su Hanchen,The Maid, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Xu Beihong(1895-1953) ,The Cat
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Fan painting by Zhao Yong,Clear River and the Wintry Moon, Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
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Fan painting by Li Anzhong,Butterflies in the Spring, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Ma Lin,Hold a Candle for a Night Excursion, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Zhao Chang,Apricot Flowers, Song Dynasty(960-1279).

(source: http://www1.chinaculture.org/classics/2014-06/12/content_537342_11.htm

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So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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