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Types of Asian Art

As you look throughout time, art has been an important part of the Asian world.  In this article, you will discover some forms of Asian art that made each country so unique.  For starters, let us look at the Chinese ink and ink stone.  Used for writing characters, calligraphy, and paintings, the ink and ink stone actually have a significant cultural importance.  The Chinese brush was first invented in the 3rd century by Ming Ti’en with paper soon following.  The ink was developed out of glue and lampblack made from burning vegetable oil.  The soot from the burning oil was captured in inverted pottery jars and later removed with feather brushes.

In addition to the ink and ink stones being a form of Asian art themselves, the creation of these items allowed the Chinese people to create writings as well as beautiful paintings, both famous types of Asian art.  Even the Vietnamese people used similar methods for creating Asian art by painting on silk.  With magnificent color and beautiful designs, these silk paintings have a certain charm and mystique loved by people around the world.  Both the Chinese and Vietnamese silk paintings place an emphasis on elegance and softness.  Although the styles are unique, they are both incredible examples of Asian art.

Another wonderful type of Asian art is Korean paintings.  This particular style of painting is not as well known in some areas of the world, especially the west, but still a valued treasure.  Sadly, much of what was depicted in these paintings has today all but been destroyed.  However, Korean Asian art definitely has a Chinese influence, seen most often in the Koguryo wall paintings and Buddhist paintings.  In addition to Asian art in the form of wall paintings, there are also beautifully painted baskets.

A different form of Asian art can be seen in Batik, an Indonesian-Malay word, although today, the term is generically used in describing the process for dyeing fabric using a resist technique.  Experts believe Batik is more than 1,000 years old, dating back to other uses in Africa, the Middle East, and many different Asian areas.  However, no one is sure where Batik was actually invented.  Reaching its artistic expression peak in Java, Indonesia, this beautiful Asian art technique made its way to the Malay Peninsula and other parts of Indonesia.  One of the primary benefits of Batik is the artistic freedom that goes along with the patterns and actual drawings.  Keep in mind that today, many of the Batik fabrics sold were not actually created using the Batik technique.

Finally, we wanted to talk about yet another Asian art form – Japanese woodblock prints.  Woodblock prints are considered an old and very common of Asian art in Japan, featuring landscapes and towscapes.  The first prints were made within temple walls and given out free to believers.  In most cases, these free prints were images of sections of sacred sutras.  Soon, the Japanese woodblock prints took the place of paintings in homes since silk paintings and calligraphy were far too expensive for most people to own.  That meant that the Japanese people could still enjoy beautiful Asian art but without the cost.

 

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Cloisonne Art
This Cloisonne over bronze plate is intricate and beautifully made with dragon motif. It measures about 8 inches in diameter and come complete with a wood display stand. This is done so well that could actually be used as serving plate.

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This Cloisonne over bronze plate is intricate and beautifully made with dragon motif. It measures about 8 inches in diameter and come complete with a wood display stand. This is done so well that could actually be used as serving plate.



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