Neolithic Jar

Neolithic Jar

The earliest pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chinese art collection were made nearly 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic period. This jar illustrates a key factor in Chinese art, the concept of “floating lines.” An examination of early Chinese art as highlighted in China: West Meets East at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, reveals the consistent value the Chinese place on fluid lines, rather than vivid color.

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