earliest relic of Zhejiang fine arts was the recently found
Kuahuqiao site, which had been formed over 8,000 years before.
On the excavated pottery wares, there were such decorative patterns
like rope veins, scored veins, engraved veins, pressed and printed
veins. And on some painted potteries were linear veins, curved
veins, crisscross veins and sun-shaped veins. The painted potteries
and reed-woven wares were the headstream of Zhejiang's industrial
arts found up to now.
the excavations of the Hemudu Culture Site, there were many
ornaments like beads, tubes made of jade or luster stones and
necklaces, bracelets made of animal teeth and fish bones, which
reflected the unvarnished taste of the ancients. The ancients
also created lot of primitive artworks like earthen pigs, earthen
head portrait, earthen fish, earthen sheep, earthen boats and
wooden fish . a percussion instrument that were simple but lifelike.
The decorative patterns of the Hemudu wares were mainly animal
and plant figures, for example, Earthen Plate With the Rice
Spike Vein reflected the rice-planting culture then. The Pig
Patterned Earthen Bowl displayed a savage pig figure with long
mouth and long legs and was the epitome of the primitive stockbreeding.
The Ivory Sculpture With Two Birds Flying Towards the Sun was
delicate in burnishing. It looked rather romantic with the image
of the rising sun surrounded by two birds which reflected the
ancient's worship to the sun. The Ivory Bird Shaped Dagger was
engraved with a single line and concave carving skills so that
the still raptor looked simple and vivid. The Hemudu potteries
were mainly decorated by the rope-pressed veins and some by
engraved veins of such figures like bird, pig, fish and rice
leaves. The shape and decorations of the kettles were most various,
for example, the Eighteen Angled Pottery Kettle With Engraved
Veins was plump in shape and carved with the interlinking veins
of rice leaves. It reflected the pure, straightforward characteristics
of the ancients. The research on the Wooden Structure Banister
Building Site of the Hemudu Culture, which was regarded as the
origin of Zhejiang architecture, provided precious materials
for the study of Chinese ancient architecture history and the
world's architecture history. The Red-painted Wooden Padding
Bowl was the earliest lacquer of the world, which proved the
Chinese lacquer history could be dated back about several thousands
years earlier than we had expected.
Pig Patterned Earthen Bowl|