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Chinese Art, Neolithic, Stone Age, present, principle

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Chinese Art and Architecture, art and architecture of China from the Neolithic (New Stone Age) culture to the present, representing the most significant achievement of the world’s longest continuous civilization. The principle that underlies all aspects of Chinese culture—harmonious balance—is exemplified in its art. Chinese art is a careful balance of traditions and innovations, of both native and foreign ideas, and of religious and secular images.


Nelson, Diane Mellyn, B.A., M.A.

Junior Fellow for Research in Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Chinese Art, Neolithic, Stone Age, present, principle, innovations, native

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