ANcient Chinese art and everyday items

In this gallery you will view 3 or things that were used everyday by the Ancient  Chinese people like bronze, bone, and silk items. enjoy.

Bones are collected from the bodies of prey that that the ancient chinese hunted because they did not wish to waste the fallen animals body. Bone was mainly used for a thing called an oracle bone. Oracle bones were commonly made of either large bone plating or turtle shells. These Oracle bones were used by future readers that would heat rods and use the heat to crack the bones. They would then "read the lines" to find what the gods were telling them about the future. The demand of bones was low due to their easy collecting and was easily found in trade.
Bronze was a combination of to common materials, copper, tin, and rarely partly made of silver. Bronze was used for making many different things like war-chariots, bronze tipped weapons and tools, like spears and hoes, containers, and other bronze accessories. The Chinese made these items by melting it and putting them into molds of whatever they were making. Bronze was highly valued during the rule of the Shang dynasty, but as time went on it became less and less valued. Bronze is still used today, but for people who use it a lot can get skin diseases due to chemicals in the mixture of materials.
Silk was discovered during the reign of the Shang dynasty when a women applied warm water to a cocoon of a worm called the silk worm (obviously named after the uses of its cocoons). Then silk was used for many things such as clothing, banners and flags, and for decorations for homes. Silk was highly valued all throughout the times of Ancient China and China was one of its highest producers. One of China's greatest trading routes was even named the Silk Road. It was so valued people would even trade it for things like horses, glass, rare spices, uncommon fruits, musical instruments, and unusual items that were rarely found in China.
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