Chinese art goes back to the neolithic period from which time we have painted pottery. By the Shang Dynasty, China was producing jade carvings and cast bronze found among grave goods.
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Chinese pottery and porcelain : an account of the potter's art in China from primitive times to the present day (Volume 1), by R.L. Hobson, 1872-1941. Internet Archive online.