National Treasures

From pottery to ritual bronzes, jade burial suit, porcelain, embroidery and ornaments, every cultural relic witnesses the history of China and has an interesting story to tell. This series explores some of the greatest national treasures collected in the major museums of China.
From pottery to ritual bronzes, jade burial suit, porcelain, embroidery and ornaments, every cultural relic witnesses the history of China and has an interesting story to tell. This series explores some of the greatest national treasures collected in the major museums of China.
Mighty war horses and stolen sculptures - Art & Culture in China
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Mighty war horses and stolen sculptures

Four pieces of the "Zhaoling Liujun," a set of six bas-relief horse sculptures from the Zhaoling Mausoleum, depict the favorite war horses of Emperor Taizong of Tang.
Imperial calligrapher with style - Art & Culture in China
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Imperial calligrapher with style

Ouyang Xun (AD 557-641) was a renowned calligrapher, politician and scholar of the early Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).
Ancient relief work calls the tune - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient relief work calls the tune

A Hebei Museum relief piece vividly captures the scene of performing female musicians, which dates back to the Five Dynasties (AD 907-960).
Ancient Chinese master's love of calligraphy, art and tea drinking - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient Chinese master's love of calligraphy, art and tea drinking

As a major personality of the Song Dynasty (AD 960-1279), Su Shi (1037-1101) was a versatile sensation and considered one of the most significant figures in ancient China.
Confucian classics carved in stone - Art & Culture in China
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Confucian classics carved in stone

Before printing was invented in China in the early Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), the only way to read and circulate articles was to copy them by hand.
The master calligrapher behind  vanguard 'hanging arm technique' - Art & Culture in China
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The master calligrapher behind vanguard 'hanging arm technique'

Xianyu Shu's transcription of "The Song of the Stone Drums" is considered to have had the most profound influence on the cursive writing art. 
Little-known calligraphy art skills of heroic Kublai Khan adversary - Art & Culture in China
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Little-known calligraphy art skills of heroic Kublai Khan adversary

Wen Tianxiang (1236-83) is rightly remembered in China for his patriotism, righteousness and loyalty to his people and land. Little is known about his brilliant calligraphy skills.
Tang empress obsessed with calligraphy - Art & Culture in China
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Tang empress obsessed with calligraphy

One day in AD 692, a surprising ecstasy appeared on the face of Empress Wu Zetian.
Tang master's eulogy hails family bravery - Art & Culture in China
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Tang master's eulogy hails family bravery

Almost every Chinese person begins his/her learning of traditional calligraphy or handwriting by imitating the regular script of Yan Zhenqing.
Calligraphy masterpiece flourishes on TCM - Art & Culture in China
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Calligraphy masterpiece flourishes on TCM

"I took the duck-head bolus but I don't think it's as potent as some people thought. When we meet up tomorrow I would like to know your opinion."
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