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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Pottery 陶器 Longshan Culture 龙山文化

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
彩绘龙纹 陶寺文化早期公元前2300〜2100山西省襄汾陶寺遗址出土 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
彩绘 陶寺文化早期公元前2300〜2100山西省襄汾陶寺遗址出土 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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