An Introduction to Chinese Art by Michael Sullivan

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Square, surrounded by a wall more than The was more than city sixty feet thick at the base. Houses, a mile tombs and drains have been unearthed, as well as bronze-foundries, pottery kilns and bone-carving workshops. Four distinct levels have been identified. culture in occupation before the city pottery, stone became a The lowest represents a Late Neolithic Shang capital, and bone implements, and no oracle bones. Above development of bronze culture. The and second appear to be with grey and black it lie three stages in the than the earliest Bronze Age remains at Anyang, while the third phase has been tentatively placed as con- temporary with the second Anyang at Chengchow and Anyang first stage.

He In 1935 and 1939 Dr. G. A. R. von Koenigswald, examining some 'dragon bones' chemist's shop in Kwangsi, found three teeth of a giant apeHke creature which he in a named Recently palaeontologists working under Dr. P'ei Wen-chuna have made intensive investigations of the region round Nanning and have discovered further Gigantopithecus. remains of Cigantopithecus, a contemporary of Peking Man. This huge creature was advanced than his northern cousin, however. food, and as a result his species gradually He had no tools and was clumsy at gathering died out.

Every lover of Chinese art the Neolithic period, and today we is are apt to forget that forty years ago this stage in the evolution of Chinese civilization, and It was not until 1 92 1 through a Stone Age familiar with the magnificent painted pottery of it, was completely unknown. China had actually passed that at all. In that year the his Chinese assistants went before that positive evidence was found that all made two Swedish geologist discoveries of J. Gunnar Andersson and immense importance.

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