PRE-HAN DYNASTY (5000 BCE- 202 BCE)

Rediscover China’s origin from myth

Until the second century BCE, China was far smaller than it is today, mainly comprising the areas in the north of Yellow River. During the Neolithic period and the Shang and Zhou dynasties, various kingdoms were co-existing and competing, having a great impact on each other as they evolved. Material evidence reveals that the style and craftsmanship of ancient earthenware pottery have developed over the centuries. Ancient objects remain the basis of almost all the ceramics invented in the later dynasties until now. They serve their particular functions, provide aesthetic value and demonstrate technical skills, providing a tantalising window through which to imagine the mysterious lives of these ancient and sophisticated civilisations.

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MAJIAYAO CULTURE SMALL PAINTED JAR

​馬家窯半山雙耳小罐

MINI POTTERY JAR

​戰漢布紋小罐

YANGSHAO CULTURE POTTERY AMPHORA

​仰韶紅陶尖底瓶

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SMALL DOUBLE HANDLED BLACK EARTHENWARE JAR

寺漥黑陶小罐

LARGE DOUBLE HANDLED LARGE RED EARTHENWARE JAR
寺漥紅陶大罐

Painted pottery with four circles of abstract cross
馬家窯马厂型十字紋四大圈彩陶罐  

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Large painted pottery with abstract human figures

馬家窯半山型神人紋彩陶罐

Painted pottery with a white background
仰韶文化後期大河村彩陶罐

Painted pottery with four abstract human figures
馬家窯早期马厂型人紋四大圈彩陶罐