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.
The last straw? Never for  these traditional artisans - Art & Culture in China
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The last straw? Never for these traditional artisans

Xuhang Town on the outskirts of Jiading District is known as the "town of straw plaiting" – a craft that has survived for more than 1,000 years.
From a shoulder pole, a mesmerizing puppet show unfolds on stage - Art & Culture in China
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From a shoulder pole, a mesmerizing puppet show unfolds on stage

Chongming shoulder pole show is a type of solo glove puppetry. Carried on a shoulder pole, the apparatus consists of a set of props, a stool and Chinese percussion instruments.
Crafting comfy homes of clay for little chirpers - Art & Culture in China
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Crafting comfy homes of clay for little chirpers

Containers to keep crickets down the ages have included gourds, bamboo cages, ceramic jars and wooden boxes. But clay has come to be prized in cricket homes.
Artisan creates lanterns in animal shapes - Art & Culture in China
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Artisan creates lanterns in animal shapes

A master lantern maker turns iron wire and silk cloth into decorative animal artworks that brighten festivals and dark winter nights.
The knead to keep an ancient folk art alive - Art & Culture in China
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The knead to keep an ancient folk art alive

The folk art of dough sculpture can be traced back some 1,300 years in China. The originally edible art is mainly made of wheat starch, glutinous rice flour and honey.
The costumes of opera are an intricate art - Art & Culture in China
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The costumes of opera are an intricate art

Shanghai has long been a center for the design and making of exotic clothing that gives traditional Chinese opera its distinction.
Artist who grew up amid mulberry preserves ancient silk painting style - Art & Culture in China
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Artist who grew up amid mulberry preserves ancient silk painting style

Artist Mu Yilin has devoted 40 years to preserving the long-neglected "origin of Chinese painting."
Art so minute you need a magnifying glass - Art & Culture in China
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Art so minute you need a magnifying glass

It's not just the tiny size of Yuan Yao's works that is captivating, but also the ancient philosophy he draws on to give his carvings a spiritual soul. 
Artisan adorns plates, vases in delicate art - Art & Culture in China
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Artisan adorns plates, vases in delicate art

A porcelain carver turned back to generations of a family heritage skill to take up an ancient art form in his 50s.
Farm trash provides an unlikely source of artistic creativity - Art & Culture in China
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Farm trash provides an unlikely source of artistic creativity

What farmers burn as slash becomes a treasure in the hands of one Shanghai artist. She turns wheat straw into iconic artworks sometimes laced with delicate Suzhou embroidery.
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