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Oriental Art Oriental Art is very unique and interesting It is based on life all around them nature In Hsuan-ho hua pu classifies paintings in ten groups Taoist and Buddhist tao shih Human affairs jen wu Places and other buildings kung shih Foreign tribes fan tsu Dragons and fishes lung yu Landscapes shan shui Animals chu shou Flowers and birds hua niao Ink Bamboos mo chu Vegetables and fruits su kuo This religious art including portrayals of gods stands at the head of the list and is followed by a group of paintings including portraits of legendary heroes Group three and four also relate to men while group five includes that fountainhead of moral virtue the dragon However the didactic value of the remaining categories is less apparent and for this reason they occupy the lower half of the list The category of Chinese painting called flowers and birds hua niao is to some extent cognate with European still-life painting in subject matter yet spiritually the two have little or nothing in common In China especially this trait long outlived the primitive stage of human culture completely sophisticated form of picture- making As a result the tradition of Sung Chinese flower-and-bird painting made itself felt though out Asia Among the Chinese themselves flower-and-bird painting is a major form of pictorial expression which for thousands of years has exercise their aesthetic imagination to extent comparable with say our European nude Assembly of Birds can best be described in Rowlands words a habitat group with a painted black cloth For despite the beauty of its execution it is as airless as a showcase in some provincial museum of natural history in which someone has attempted to provide for its palpably moribund occupants a realistic setting of seashore marsh or tropical savannah Paintings of bamboos are entered under the heading mo chu or ink bamboo This
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