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The Treasures of Eight Thousand Years

The Neolithic Age  ca. 6200-1600 B.C.E.

Timeline of Dynasties:

(1) The Neolithic Age
  1. Late Neolithic Age  ca. 6200-2070 B.C.E.
  2. Hsia  2070-1600 B.C.E.

 

Main selection:

Jade kuei tablet Shantung Lung-shan Culture (ca. 2600-2000 B.C.E)(New window)
Jade kuei tablet
Shantung Lung-shan Culture (ca. 2600-2000 B.C.E) 

 

Introduction:

At the dawn of civilization, jade and earthenware were used to carry out religious rituals and daily tasks. People went to quarries to polish rocks; and, knew how to heat clay in high temperature kilns to produce earthenware. They also stumbled upon a glossy and seemingly imperishable stone, they called "jade".

Chinese prehistoric jade items are unique in their distinctive regional characteristics in part attributed to ecological disparity. Also, each clan produced in an original style. For example, jade artifacts excavated from eastern China are ornamented with animal motifs. Those discovered in western China are noteworthy for their simple and rustic elegance.

 

Hooked cloud-shaped pendant  Late Hungshan Culture (ca. 4500-3000 B.C.E)(New window)
Hooked cloud-shaped pendant
Late Hungshan Culture
(ca. 4500-3000 B.C.E)
White pottery kuei vessel  Late Tawenk'ou Culture (ca. 3000-2600 B.C.E.)(New window)
White pottery kuei vessel
Late Tawenk'ou Culture
(ca. 3000-2600 B.C.E.)

Jade pi disk  Lungshan-Ch'ichia system (ca. 2600-1600 B.C.E)(New window)
Jade pi disk
Lungshan-Ch'ichia system
(ca. 2600-1600 B.C.E)