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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Fire Design 火纹
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Western Jin Dynasty 西晋

The lian shown below was an ancient cosmetic box.

celadon cosmetic box
西晋公元265〜317上海博物馆
Celadon lian with Buddhist figurines
Western Jin (265—317), Shanghai Museum

The bixie 辟耶 shown below was an evil spirit exocisor.

a bixie
西晋公元265〜317上海博物馆
Celadon lion-shaped bixie
Western Jin (265—317), Shanghai Museum

Designs in celadon were created by carving the clay. The variation in light with the undulating surface and thickness of translucent glaze is beautiful.

Celadon jar with watchtower and figures
西晋公元265〜317上海博物馆
Celadon jar with watchtower and figures
Western Jin (265—317), Shanghai Museum
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