Chinese Art Timeline

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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.
  • c. 2700 BCE
    The earliest known examples of woven silk from Qianshanyang, China.
  • 1600 BCE - 1046 BCE
    Writing develops in China during the Shang Dynasty.
  • c. 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.
  • c. 303 CE - c. 365 CE
    Life of Wang Xizhi, China's most famous calligrapher.
  • c. 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.
  • c. 990 CE - 1030 CE
    Life of Chinese painter Fan Kuan.