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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Fire Design 火纹
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Han to Song

Bi were used in sacrificial ceremonies. In the Neolithic bi were undecorated but later on decorations were added. Also, after the Neolithic bi symbolized heaven.

bi (jade disc)
Bi (jade disc) with bird design
Western Han (206 BCE — 8 CE), Shanghai Museum

Beginning in the Tang the quantity and diversity of jade artifacts increased and the goods were exported in large quantities. Before this jade items were limited to a few kinds, including cups, ornaments, and hair pins.

Ornament with crane and cloud design
Ornament with crane and cloud design
Song (906—1279), Shanghai Museum
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