A Bronze Crane
Bronze Vessels: Chinese started to cast bronze wares about 5,000 years ago. However, bronze vessels were commonly used till the Shang and Zhou Dynasties by aristocrats in daily life and ancestral rituals. Thus, the Shang and Zhou bronze vessels were the most highly esteemed objects of their time.
Folk Toys: The development of the modern toy industry in China has had an effect on what today's children play with, but traditional folk toys continue to play a major role in contemporary Chinese culture. As China continues to grow and develop, traditional folk toys are still flourishing. Toys represent the fundamental ideas, desires, and concerns that are central to both the lives of Chinese people and to the culture.
Cloisonne, with a history dating back over 500 years, is well-known traditional enamelware. Owing to its brilliant colors and splendid designs, Cloisonne has been highly appraised both in China and abroad.
Jade: According to archeologists and archeological findings, Chinese first began to know and use jade in the early Neolithic Age. Many jade artifacts, some dating back 4,000 to 6,000 years, have been excavated from a number of places.For thousands of years up to the present day, jade has been a symbol of love and virtue, as well as a symbol of status.
Silk: According to archeological evidence, silk and silk fabric emerged in China at least 5,500 years ago. The cultivation of the silkworm can be traced back to the third century B.C. It was said that the demigod Leizu, a legendary figure of prehistoric China, started the planting of mulberries and the raising of silkworms.
Paper-cuttings are one of China's most popular forms of visual art. Paper cuttings have been a traditional art form that can be traced back to the 6th century; it only became apparent a few centuries after. These art forms are mainly used as decorations and patterns for religious and ornamental purposes.
Lacquer Ware: Chinese lacquer ware has a long history dating back as early as the New Stone Age. The original wares in China were those coated with black and red lacquers.
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Pottery: As early as 8,000 years ago, in the Neolithic Age, earthenware, primitive pottery, were invented and produced along the Yellow River and the Yangtze River, this has been proved true due to archeological findings. There were front-page discoveries.
Porcelain: China is famous for its china-porcelain wares and was highly acclaimed and sought after. For the past few centuries, it has been exporting porcelain wares to many countries.
Seal: Visitors to China may be amazed at the number of souvenir shops where the service of 'Seal-Engraving' is readily available. Very often, the engraver claims that a seal would be finished in 15 minutes-less than the time the visitors usually stay in a souvenir shop. Many foreign businessmen who are so used to signing their names in a contract find with astonishment that their Chinese counterparts prefer to use seals.