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China’s Treasures: Art and Artifacts

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One of the world’s oldest civilizations, China has amassed a wealth of artistic and cultural traditions over the centuries. Explore Chinese art and artifacts and learn about everything from jade carving to brush painting.

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Gallery: China's Treasures

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There are many legends in China about how silk was discovered -- China has been harvesting the power of silk worms for thousands of years. During the Han Dynasty the Silk Road was built to trade the precious material with the West.

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Traditional Chinese brush painting has been practiced in China for more than six thousand years. Subject matters range from religious themes to landscapes and nature.

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Porcelain (a translucent piece of ceramic ware) is commonly referred to as "china" because it originated in China -- some believe porcelain was produced as early as the 16th century B.C.

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Jade has been used in China for thousands of years -- it is considered more valuable than gold or diamonds. The stone is used to create ornaments, ceremonial weapons, and ritual objects.

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