This is my exhibition statement with the theme of Early Chinese art. The gallery consists of thirty-four art pieces that were created during ancient Chinese periods or dynasties. Early Chinese art laid the foundation for many Chinese beliefs that are still in effect today. Ancient Chinese art involves many stone sculptures and pottery and art is deeply rooted in China’s heritage. One type of sculpture it the bi. Included in my art gallery is a Ritual Disc (Bi) that has dragons on the outer rim. The jade bi is a ritualistic disc that is placed beneath a dead body in a tomb. The original function of the bi is unknown, but it is said that the bi was supposed to help the dead travel to the afterlife. Originally Bi’s were fashioned without decorations and were merely flat jade discs but as the Chinese traditions evolved so did the making of the Bi’s. Another example of the evolution of the bi is that during the Han dynasty some bi’s were made of glass. The afterlife or immortality was extremely important to the ancient Chinese which shows the importance of the bi as this was seen to be an important object to help them reach their heaven.
Another focus piece in my art gallery is the “Guardian Lion”. It was sculpted during the Tang dynasty. This is an intriguing piece of artwork because of how fierce the lion’s face appears. The lion’s muscles are much defined and show the dominant power of the animal. The early Chinese no doubt want to use their artwork to help inspire their people and remind them of that they need to maintain the strength and fierceness in order to hold on to the peace that was experienced during the Tang dynasty.