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Author(s): Borchert, Angelika
In traditional China, sculpture never enjoyed an equally high status as in the West. As the product of strenuous physical work, it was regarded by the culture-bearing scholar-officials as handicraft. Consequently, only a few sculptors are known by name or became famous. Still, the history of sculpture in China dates back to the Neolithic period and fascinating works survive from as early as the Shang period (16th century BCE to ca. 1045 BCE), e.g. the heads, gigantic masks, and life-size bronze …