Monday, June 8, 2009

Postcard Scavenger Hunt #4 - Handicrafts

Unfortunately, I don't have many cards with handicrafts. The ones I saw online are all so beautiful, I hope I will get some eventually. :) I received this one today. It is the Chinese Bronze pieces from 3000 years ago! I hope they qualify for the handicrafts, although the card doesn't show people making them. It is also my first postcard from China. it came from Silencelee from Beijing. The stamps are also very special.



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I think these pieces are just called the artifacts or tripods (?). :) The postcard was written in Chinese, so I don't know more. Here is a bit from wikipedia on Chinese Bronze: "The Chinese bronze artifacts generally are either utilitarian, like spear points or adze heads, or ritualistic, like the numerous large sacrificial tripods. However, even some of the most utilitarian objects bear the markings of more sacred items. The Chinese inscribed all kinds of bronze items with three main motif types: demons, symbolic animals, and abstract symbols.[8] Some large bronzes also bear inscriptions that have helped historians and archaeologists piece together the history of China, especially during the Zhou period.
The bronzes of the Western Zhou period document large portions of history not found in the extant texts, and often were composed by persons of varying rank and possibly even social class."

4 comments:

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  2. That is a nice card. I will add a link to this on my post so people can find it easily.

    Do you know what these objects are?

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  3. Hi! I love Postcardy's Scavenger Hunt and this was a great theme - though I also found it challenging to find an appropriate card.
    I once saw this type of handicraft at a Chinese exhibit in Toronto a few years back.
    Evelyn in Montreal

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  4. Thank you for your comments!

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