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Eagle-shaped pottery a combination of art and practicality

Updated: May 16, 2022 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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The eagle-shaped pottery cooking vessel ( ding) is from the permanent collection of the National Museum of China. It is an artwork representing the Yangshao culture dating to the Neolithic period, a combination of sculpture art and practicality. [Photos/Official WeChat account of the National Museum of China]

Can you imagine Chinese people’s creativity from about 6,000 years ago?

Here is an eagle-shaped pottery cooking vessel (ding) of the Yangshao culture dating to the Neolithic period. This dark grey vessel presents a standing eagle whose shape serves its function. It is a testimony to the ancient Chinese’s pursuit of art and practicality.

Unearthed from a tomb in the Huaxian county of Shaanxi province in 1958, the vessel may be related to sacrificial rituals in ancient time. Now it is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of China.

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