Clara's Ancient Art and Culture Musuem

Ancient Chinese Art and Culture Artifacts.

Calligraphy is the art of writing. It was thought to be a very important kind of art by the Ancient Chinese. Calligraphers would learn to write each stroke perfectly with style for years. For calligraphy they needed a brush, paper, an ink stick, and an ink stone. The Ancient Chinese used calligraphy as a method of communication, a way to write things down.The ability to write calligraphy was a sign of status. WORKS CITED: "Ancient China for Kids." Mr. Donn-Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://china.mrdonn.org/index.html>. "Ducksters: Education Site." Ducksters: Education Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.ducksters.com/>.
Bronze is a mix of 90% copper and 10 % tin, and it has a lower melting point compared to copper's. To make bronze, you need clay for molds for vessels, tin, and copper. Bronze was made into weapons, tools, bowls, bells, drums, ritual vessels, and utensils. Some bronze items were decorated with designs of animals and people playing musical instruments. Bronze was valued for its durability and ability to give razor-sharp edges, this is because it was much stronger than stone. WORKS CITED: "Ancient China for Kids." Mr. Donn-Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://china.mrdonn.org/index.html>. "Ducksters: Education Site." Ducksters: Education Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.ducksters.com/>.
Porcelain was an important art and an important good to sell. During the Shang Dynasty porcelain items were made of kaolin, Chinese clay. Later on, during the Yuan Dynasty, the components were clays, feldspar, or flint, and silica. Porcelain was made into bowls, cups, tea sets, vases, jewel cases, and incense burners. It was valued because it had a delicate texture and was refined sculpture with pretty color. Also, later the high and middle classes began to think it was necessary for daily life. WORKS CITED:"Chinese Highlights." Art-Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.chinesehighlights.com/>. "History for Kids." History for Kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.historyforkids.net/>. "Travel Guide China." Travel Guide China. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.travelguidechina.com/>.
Music instruments in Ancient China were instruments created to make beautiful, musical sounds. Instruments were made of silk, bamboo, hide, clay, gourd, metal, stone, and wind. In Ancient China there were instruments such as woodwinds, rattles, drums, chimes, bells, and gongs. Music instruments in Ancient China were obviously used to play music. And the music was used for pleasure, religious ceremonies, announcements, dance, or to match and blend with sounds of music. This art was valued because music was central to long life and harmony. WORKS CITED:"Cultural China." Cultural Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 May 2016. <http://arts.cultural-china.com/>. "How Products Are Made." How Products Are Made. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.madehow.com/>. Website "Travel Guide China." Travel Guide China. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.travelguidechina.com/>.
Jade is hard, usually green stone. Jade is made of two different types of minerals, jadeite and nephrite. The Ancient Chinese used jade for decoration, ornaments, jewelry, weapons, and rites of worship and burial. This art was valued because it symbolized power, status, and prestige since jade was difficult to make. WORKS CITED: "Chineseonlinemuseum.com." Chineseonlinemuseum.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.chineseonlinemuseum.com/> "Travel Guide China." Travel Guide China. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.travelguidechina.com/>.
Painting was inspired by poetry and combined with calligraphy. There were many paintings of sceneries with mountains, homes, birds, trees, and water. To make paintings, the Ancient Chinese needed hand scrolls, pigments for minerals, a fine tip brush, different types of painting brushes, brushes for writing, ink cake, paper or silk, painter's stone slab with fresh water, and a special seal.(Optional) The Ancient Chinese valued paintings because they combined the skill of poetry, calligraphy, and paintings. And they captured the artist's feelings and captured the inner spirit of the subject. WORKS CITED:"Ancient China." The British Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.ancientchina.co.uk/> "Ancient China for Kids." Mr. Donn-Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://china.mrdonn.org/index.html>. "Ducksters: Education Site." Ducksters: Education Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.ducksters.com/>.
Silk is a soft, fine, and strong fiber made from a silkworm's cocoon.To make silk, the Ancient Chinese used silkworm cocoons, mulberry leaves(to feed the silkworms), hot water, and a silk loom. Silk was used as threads, cloth, strings, money(in some dynasties), paper, fishing lines, canvases, and bowstrings. Silk was valued because the Ancient Chinese kept the technique secret and made China rich. It also was a status symbol. WORKS CITED:"Ducksters: Education Site." Ducksters: Education Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.ducksters.com/>.
In Ancient China fans were always decorated, and the fans kept the Chinese cool. Fans were made of thin silk, xuan paper, thin bamboo strips, feathers, leaves of sunflowers, jadeite, hawks-bill turtle, ox horn, and paper. They weren't made of all these things, but any of these things could be used. To decorate them jade pendants, beautiful scenes which were embroidered, and paintings were used. Fans were used to cool the people, shelter from the Sun, and early fans were tied to a carriage and were used as umbrellas. This art was valued because they were works of art, props for theater plays, status symbols, romantic gifts, and memorials of the dead. And they were looked at as good luck charms and expressions of gratitude. WORKS CITED:"Ancient China Traditions." Cultural Traditions-China. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 May 2016. <http://traditions.cultural-china.com/>. "How Products Are Made." How Products Are Made. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.madehow.com/>. Website
Oracle bones are pieces of bone or shell used to tell what would happen in the future. For oracle bones, the Ancient Chinese needed the shoulder blades of an oxen or the shell of a tortoise, a hot poker, and two people called a diviner and an inscriber. Oracle bones were used to answer a question or to tell if a negative or positive statement would come true. This art was valued because it could help the Shang kings make decisions and let them know what was going to happen in the future. And that made things a little bit easier for them. WORKS CITED:Most Popular." China.org.cn. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.china.org.cn/>. "Cultural China." Cultural Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 May 2016. <http://arts.cultural-china.com/>.
Ancient Chinese currency was mostly coins but they later used paper money in. Coins were made of copper, iron, lead, gold, and silver. They were different shapes, weights, and marks. Shells were also used as currency but as shells ran low, pottery, stone, bone, jade, copper and gold were used in place. For paper money they needed a piece of paper, and on it was printed houses, trees, men and cipher. Coins were used for money, and the copper coin turned up during the Qin Dynasty. They all used copper coins after the Qin Dynasty because Emperor Shi Huangdi standardized money, and it was easier to pay with one type of money. Paper money was used as currency as well. Currency was valued because paper money was convenient to carry around for the merchants. Shell money was easy to carry and count. And coins were money and they also had a hole so they could be stringed on and carried. Also, copper coins were all the same so it was easier to pay after the Qin Dynasty. WORKS CITED:"Cultural China." Cultural Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 May 2016. <http://arts.cultural-china.com/>. "Chinese Highlights." Art-Ancient China. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.chinesehighlights.com/>.
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