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6 06, 2017

Great Wall of China – Qin Dynasty China

By |2019-09-14T06:42:53-07:00June 6th, 2017|China|7 Comments

Chinese emperor's chariot and horses in a model When did the Qin Dynasty start? The Qin (or Ch'in) Dynasty is the one which gave its name to China. The first Qin emperor, in 221 BC, was Qin Shih Huang Ti. He started out as the king of a smaller state - possibly Central [...]

6 06, 2017

Ancient China’s Economy and Trade

By |2019-09-13T06:43:56-07:00June 6th, 2017|China|19 Comments

Ancient China trade: Rice paddy with a Chinese man planting rice Farming in Ancient China In China, as in West Asia, India, or Africa, most people have spent most of their time farming for the last ten thousand years. Probably eight or nine out of every ten people who lived in ancient China [...]

6 06, 2017

Ancient Chinese clothing – What did people wear?

By |2019-10-01T17:14:25-07:00June 6th, 2017|China|18 Comments

Ming dynasty (1400s AD) painting by Tang Yin Tunics and padded jackets and pants People in China generally wore tunics (like long t-shirts). Women wore long tunics down to the ground, with belts, and men wore shorter ones down to their knees. Sometimes they wore jackets over their tunics. In the winter, when it [...]

6 06, 2017

Sui Dynasty Art – Painting and porcelain in Medieval China

By |2018-06-30T10:59:06-07:00June 6th, 2017|Art, China|2 Comments

Sui Dynasty art: a clay camel, ca. 600-650 AD What came before the Sui Dynasty? In the Three Kingdoms period, Chinese artists had learned a lot about Indian and West Asian sculptural styles. (Read more about Three Kingdoms art) How was Sui Dynasty art different? Now in the Sui Dynasty, in the late [...]

5 06, 2017

Zhou Dynasty Chinese Art – Early China

By |2018-06-06T11:22:24-07:00June 5th, 2017|Art, China|2 Comments

Western Zhou bronze vessel from China (now in the Musee Guimet, Paris) Western Zhou art The first part of the Zhou Dynasty is called the Western Zhou, and it runs from about 1122 to about 722 BC. During the Western Zhou dynasty, art didn't change very much from the Shang Dynasty that came before [...]

4 06, 2017

Silk Road and Silver – Chinese economy

By |2019-04-25T05:34:19-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, Economy|0 Comments

Ming Dynasty Farmers reaping millet or wheat: the Chinese economy What did most people work at? Just like in earlier times, most men and women in Qing Dynasty China were farmers, who spent most of their time planting seeds, weeding, and harvesting. Earlier Chinese economy Ming Dynasty China Qing Dynasty China All our [...]

31 05, 2017

Sogdians and the Silk Road – Central Asia

By |2019-04-07T07:32:31-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Gold coin from Sogdiana in the Hellenistic period The Sogdians meet Alexander Then in 328 or 327 BC the Macedonian conqueror Alexander conquered the Sogdians. Earlier Sogdian history Alexander the Great More Central Asia articles Alexander founds cities Alexander got as far as the Jaxartes river (Syr Darya in Tajikistan), where he built a [...]

31 05, 2017

Sogdians – History of Central Asia

By |2019-09-11T05:54:27-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Sogdians: A horse-drawn chariot from the Oxus Treasure (British Museum, thanks to Mary Harrsch) Where did they come from? The Sogdians came to Sogdiana  probably about 1500 BC. (That's modern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.) They were part of the wave of Yamnaya migration to the south-east. Who were the Yamnaya? Bronze Age timeline Central [...]

31 05, 2017

Knotted rugs – Central Asian Economy

By |2017-05-31T09:39:30-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Economy|1 Comment

Pazyryk rug (ca. 300 BC) The world's first knotted rugs were probably made just south of the Caspian Sea in what is now northern Iran. They were all made of wool, and they used the same types of patterns that people were using to embroider on their clothes, or (if we believe Herodotus) [...]