An Underground Mansion

This underground mansion in Horse Village, of Shanxi Province, is a tomb dating back to the Song Dynasty about 800 years ago. The burial chamber is heavily decorated with carved bricks. The bricks were carved into the shapes of wooden brackets and tiled roofs. The brick sculptures not only emulate timber brackets, roofs, windows and front gate but as well as […]

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Ancient Chinese Crafts

A semi-transparent stone bowl, produced during the Song Dynasty (960–1279) A Chinese bowl produced during the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279)   COMMENTS FROM GOOGLE PLUS Plautus Satire (Nov 26, 2015) The delicate nature of this carved bowl suggests a technology we don’t have today. What material is it? All Things Chinese I’m not sure, but I believe it is jade.  Architecture […]

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Classic Chinese Porcelains

A 4,500-Year-Old Black Ceramic Wine Cup A 4,500-year-old ultra-thin “egg-shell” black ceramic wine cup, unearthed from Rizhao, Shandong province. Tang Dynasty (618-907) Porcelain The heyday of glazed ceramics was the Tang Dynasty between the 7the and the 10th centuries. The articles were usually coated with three colours, such as green, yellow and white, or blue, red and brown, etc., which […]

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Encyclopedia on Classic Chinese Technology

The Exploitation of the Works of Nature (天工开物) is an encyclopedia on ancient Chinese technology, compiled by Song Yingxing (宋应星), a Ming Dynasty scholar and engineer, published in May 1637, but destroyed by Manchus who originated in Tunguska and entered China’s northeast via Korean peninsula. After more than 200 years of Manchu reign, Chinese became rather ignorant of most ancient […]

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