Qinghai is a province in the northwest of China, located on “the roof of the world”—the Tibetan Plateau. Known as “the river source area”, it is where the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Lancang River originate.
On this land, early in the Neolithic age, the primitive inhabitants began to write the most splendid chapter in the history of painted pottery. The potteries of the Majiayao, Banshan and Machang cultures were excavated here. These, along with relics of the Qijia, Xindian, Zongri and Kayue cultures, marked the beginning of prehistoric civilisation in western China. These cultures started 5,000 years ago and lasted for over 2,000 years.
1,730 tombs and nearly 40,000 antiques, including over 20,000 painted potteries, were excavated from the tomb site of Liuwan, Ledu District. Liuwan, known as “the kingdom of painted pottery”, is famous for such masterpieces as “the pot with the hermaphrodite naked figure”, “the square painted vessel”, “the painted pot with frog motifs”, “the painted pottery of boots”, and more.
Painted pottery culture is the origin of Chinese history. This exhibition may help visitors to appreciate this ancient painted pottery and gain a better understanding of the prehistoric civilisation in Qinghai.
Graded Objects: 208 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 09 Jun 2016--31 Dec 2016