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Early Chinese Architecture – Shang to Ming – Palaces and pagodas

By |2018-04-18T09:54:16-07:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China|

Early Chinese architecture - A typical Chinese house Chinese houses Most people in ancient China could not afford to live in fancy houses. They lived in small houses made of mudbrick, with only one room and a dirt floor, or in larger compounds with a lot of people living in them. This was [...]

Draw a top plan – Architecture project

By |2018-04-18T09:53:24-07:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China|

Top plan of a kid's room (thanks to SmartDraw) There aren't any standing buildings left from the Shang Dynasty, so we know about Shang Dynasty architecture mainly from top plans. These are drawings of what the building would look like if you were flying over it looking down. To get a better idea of [...]

Fengshen Yanyi – A Ming Dynasty novel

By |2018-04-18T09:54:10-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, Literature|

During the later Ming Dynasty, in the 1500s AD, a man named Xu Zhonglin wrote a novel called Fengshen Yanyi. The main character is Ji Fa, who overthrew the last emperor of the Shang Dynasty and made himself the first emperor of the Zhou dynasty, about 1100 BC. In this story, the Shang emperor is [...]

Scythians and Sogdians – Early Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T13:23:39-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Central Asian yurts Nomads were travelling around Central Asia probably by 50,000 BC or so. By 24,000 BC, if not earlier, these nomads had split into at least two different groups that spoke different languages - one group spoke proto-Indo-European and the other group spoke proto-Altaic. DNA analysis shows that some of the [...]

What is lost wax casting? History of Art

By |2018-04-14T12:41:56-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, What|

A Samnite man cutting the bronze pins off a newly poured lost wax statue. This is the only ancient image of lost wax casting; it's from Pompeii, about 400 BC. Just a little while after bronze was invented, around 2500 BC, the Sumerians began to make bronze jars and bronze cups using lost-wax [...]