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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Fire Design 火纹
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Longshan Culture 龙山文化

The Taosi 陶寺 site is located in Shanxi along the middle reaches of the Yellow River and is a part of the Longshan Culture spanning from circa 2,500 to 1,900 BCE. The picture of the plate below from the Taosi site has an early painted dragon.

painted pottery
陶寺文化早期公元前2300〜2100
山西襄汾陶寺遗址出土 首都博物馆
Painted Pottery Plate with Dragon Design
Taosi Culture, Early Period (2,300—2,100 BCE)
Excavated at the Taosi Site, Xiangfen County, Shanxi. Capital Museum, Beijing

The pot below, also from the Taosi site, shows a curved geometric design somewhat similar to later designs on bronze ware.

painted pottery
陶寺文化早期公元前2300〜2100
山西襄汾陶寺遗址出土 首都博物馆
Painted Pottery Pot
Taosi Culture, Early Period (2,300—2,100 BCE)
Excavated at the Taosi Site, Xiangfen County, Shanxi. Capital Museum, Beijing
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