Visual Timeline: Chinese Art

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4500 BCE - 3000 BCE: The Hongshan culture in China produces a jade figurine which is the oldest known depiction of a dragon.
2700 BCE: The earliest known examples of woven silk from Qianshanyang, China.
1600 BCE - 1046 BCE: Writing develops in China during the Shang Dynasty.
1250 BCE - 1046 BCE: Oracle Bones in use in China during the Shang Dynasty.
206 BCE: The Emperor Shi Huangti is buried with a terracotta army of more than 8,000 soldiers in a palace tomb.
105 CE: Invention of fine paper-making process by Cai Lun.
303 CE - 365 CE: Life of Wang Xizhi, China's most famous calligrapher.
600 CE - 673 CE: Life of celebrated Chinese court painter Yan Liben.
626 CE - 649 CE: Woodblock printing process develops under reign of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty.
675 CE: The Buddhist Fengxiansi Cave is carved at Longmen Grottoes, China.
699 CE - 759 CE: Life of Wang Wei, the celebrated Chinese landscape painter.
990 CE - 1030 CE: Life of Chinese painter Fan Kuan.
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