Resources Organized by Time Period: BCE 4000-1000



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Jiahu (ca. 7000–5700 B.C.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of the archaeological site of Jiahu, in Henan province, where fragments of 30 flutes were discovered. Six of these flutes represent the earliest examples of playable musical instruments ever found.

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Neolithic Period in China
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of the material culture of China's neolithic period (ca. BCE 10,000-2000), specifically painted pottery and jade carvings. WIth 3 related artworks.

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Shang and Zhou Dynasties: The Bronze Age of China
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A discussion of material culture during China's Bronze Age, which began around BCE 2000. Bronze production is discussed at length, along with jade carving. With 9 related artworks.

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Timeline of Art History: China, 2000–1000 B.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Metalworking, especially in bronze, develops throughout China." With a period overview, list of key events, and 3 related artworks. Also has links to additional information about the Shang dynasty (ca. BCE 1600-1050) and Western Zhou dynasty (ca. BCE 1046-771), an abridged list of Chinese emperors, and timelines of Japan and Korea during this time.

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Timeline of Art History: China, 8000–2000 B.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Evidence of pottery making appears during the Early Neolithic period with the rise of agriculture and sedentary living." With a period overview, list of key events, and 3 related artworks. Also has links to additional information about China's neolithic period (ca. BCE 10,000-2000), an abridged list of Chinese emperors, and timelines of Japan and Korea during this time.

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Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2002 exhibition that "presents the fascinating art and material culture of ancient Sichuan, in remote southwest China, uncovered by archaeology of the last 15 years. The 128 works of art on exhibit include monumental bronze images of deities, lively human figures, fantastic ritual vessels, exquisite jades, and spirited ceramic sculptures dating from the late phase of Sanxingdui culture (13th–11th century B.C.) to the Han dynasty (3rd century B.C.–3rd century A.D.). " With images of 10 related artifacts.

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