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Development of painted portery

class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-359″ title=”a pottery jar of the Yangshao culture that existed 5,600 years ago, which” src=”http://www.chinascan.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/a-pottery-jar-of-the-Yangshao-culture-that-existed-5600-years-ago-which-91×150.jpg” alt=”a pottery jar of the Yangshao culture that existed 5,600 years ago, which” width=”55″ height=”90″ />At first, pottery vessels were produced just for practical use, as their producers had no time and energy to spare to “decorate” their products for some sort of aesthetic taste. Among the earliest pottery ware unearthed so far, only a few containers have crude lines painted red round their necks.

As life improved along with development of primitive agriculture, people came to have time to spare on undertakings other than for a mere subsistence – crop farming, hunting, animal raising, etc. While still serving people’s practical needs, pottery became something denoting people’s pursuit of beauty as well. Painted pottery came into being as a result, representing a great leap forward in the development of pottery–making. Among prehistoric relics we have found, painted pottery ware are the earliest artifacts featuring a combination of practical use and artistic beauty.

Painted pottery – making had its heyday 7,000-5,000 years ago, during thea pottery pot produced 4,500-3,000 years ago, which was unearthed at Qin’an, Gansu Province. It features a slender neck and a painted pattern resembling the face of a pig mid- and late periods of the New Stone Age. The most representative painted pottery ware, mostly containers and eating utensils, were produced in areas on the upper and middle reaches of the Yellow River including what is now Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, on which decorative lines and animal figures painted in color are found.

Without furniture with legs, prehistory people just sat on the ground when they ate or met. For this reason, decorative patterns and figures were painted on parts of a pottery vessel fully exposed to view – for example, the part below the inner or outer side of the mouth of a bowl and, in some cases, decorations on the inner side extending to the bottom. On a basin with an extruding belly, we find decorative patterns below and on the fringe of the mouth and above the curve.

In comparison, no decoration is seen below the curve because people sitting on the ground can hardlysee that part. In the case of a large basin, decorative patterns are found inside, on the upper side of the inner wall. a painted pottery bowl of the Dawenkou culture that existed 4,500-2,500 years ago. It was unearthed at Peixian County, Jiangsu ProvinceThese are not on the outer wall, because people sitting round the basin cannot see it. Decorative patterns are found on the outer wall of a jar, mostly on the shoulder or above the belly. Small bottles in the shape of a gourd have decorative patterns all over them.

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