Chinese Antiques

The ancient arts and crafts of China, for centuries, have attracted international attention for their intricacy and subtlety. From porcelain to jade, furniture, paintings and screens and scrolls, they embody the essence of Chinese history and culture. This series explores some of the best examples of Chinese antiques.
The ancient arts and crafts of China, for centuries, have attracted international attention for their intricacy and subtlety. From porcelain to jade, furniture, paintings and screens and scrolls, they embody the essence of Chinese history and culture. This series explores some of the best examples of Chinese antiques.
Collector's hands caress the love of his life - Art & Culture in China
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Collector's hands caress the love of his life

Huqin is a family of bowed string instruments frequently used in Chinese traditional music. For a man in his 60s, the instrument is his lifelong lover.

Heirlooms that  preserve ancient  needlework art - Art & Culture in China
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Heirlooms that preserve ancient needlework art

Passed down from generation to generation, needlework skills were a significant part of family life in the days before electricity. Women weaved handicrafts with love.
Sun Bird symbolizes ancestors' world view, intellect, cosmology - Art & Culture in China
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Sun Bird symbolizes ancestors' world view, intellect, cosmology

On October 12, 2005, Shenzhou 6, China's second human spaceflight, was launched. It carried two crew members along with an embroidery featuring a national treasure.
Gloss of an ancient art form never wanes - Art & Culture in China
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Gloss of an ancient art form never wanes

For thousands of years, the culture of lacquerware has played a prominent part in Chinese artistic tradition.
Past lifestyle mainstays are modern collectibles - Art & Culture in China
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Past lifestyle mainstays are modern collectibles

Yesterday's precious pieces of paper are today's collectors' items. 
Fragrant essence of incense, today and in the past - Art & Culture in China
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Fragrant essence of incense, today and in the past

Coming down from time immemorial, incense in China is traditionally used in daily life, such as religious ceremonies and medicine.
Cigarette packs yield trove for non-smoker - Art & Culture in China
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Cigarette packs yield trove for non-smoker

The cigarette cards, made of light cardboard, were originally used to maintain the shape of soft cigarette packs. They also provided an ideal medium for advertising. 
Traditional inksticks and the backstories of their ancestry - Art & Culture in China
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Traditional inksticks and the backstories of their ancestry

Ancient literati used inkstick rather than bottled ink to write calligraphy. It is considered one of the "Four Treasures of Study" along with the brush, paper and the inkstone.
History of fire-making kindles a collection - Art & Culture in China
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History of fire-making kindles a collection

Having no lighters or even matches, our ancestors use primitive ways to start a fire. 
The collector who thinks outside the box - Art & Culture in China
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The collector who thinks outside the box

The antique boxes might look ordinary but wait until you see what inside.
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