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idea of Neolithic period- c.5000-2000 BCE; idea that there are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit world
(culture) c. 5000-3000 B.C; simple burials furnished with painted pottery: pictorial representations of animals, semi subterranean house ceramic vessels; ground buildings are facing open are in middle, ditch surrounds exterior
Tomb of Liusheng at Mancheng, Hebei (d. 113 BCE), Western Han Dynasty; jade represented heaven-->immortality
bronze vessels- animal motifs, intricate patterns, fights with fierce beasts, geometric decorations; Zhou State Art (c. 1050-256 BCE) Bronze Age
Neolithic/Early Bronze Age-c. 5000-2000 BCE Hongshan/Zhou Culture; Local sacrificial worship, fertility rite; helpers of shamans in the task of communication between heaven and earth, the spirits and the living
Sichuan Tomb Tiles
Eastern Han Dynasty (206 BCE-221 CCE); daily life represented in it; procuring food represented; landscape made survival possible
Early Bronze Age, Shang (Yin) Dynasty (c. 1766-1122 or 1500-1050 BCE); inscriptions on them relate chiefly to agriculture, war, hunting, the weather, journeys, the all-important sacrifices by which the ruler attuned himself to the will of heaven and concern about the succession
(Bright Hall); capital of Han, at Chang'an; Western Han Period (206-221 BCE); Zhou ceremonial buildings- a many roomed square structure (earth) surrounded by a circular enclosure (heaven)
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