Cultural Treasures of China – Gongbi & Shuimo Painting

Anyone living in or visiting China has seen beautiful artworks, even if only a copy hanging in a restaurant! But while it is common to see the same few famous pieces again and again, the breadth and depth of the history, cultural knowledge and technical skill put into Chinese paintings is equal to the beauty they so often portray.

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Cultural Treasures of China – Papercutting

Papercutting is one of China’s most famous folk arts. Probably originating sometime in the 2nd century, its possible that the techniques had already formed through cutting other materials, such as leather, even before the invention of paper by Cao Lun in 104CE. Due to paper’s perishable nature, few papercuts are preserved in the archaeological record.

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