“Beaten” Pat­terns

China Scenic - - Contents - By Yi Jie

The pre­his­toric art of pot­tery orig­i­nated from both the prac­ti­cal needs of life, and from an es­sen­tial truth that far went be­yond pure sur­vival. The act of beat­ing first emerged as an un­re­mark­able ac­tion dur­ing an­cient peo­ples’ la­bor work. These peo­ple could not have known that this sim­ple ac­tion would go on to in­flu­ence clas­si­cal dec­o­ra­tive mo­tifs for gen­er­a­tions thou­sands of years later.

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