craftsmen for the courts

When the Italians were churning out sculptures in the hundreds often complaining about the stones brittleness, the Chinese were carving them by the tens of thousands. Many times in soft soapstone, jades, nephrites and in figurines smaller than a foot tall in the greatest of detail. They never complain, they never gain fame. They never have the privilege to inscribe their own name on the works. Often just toiling for long hours working as a craftsmen for the courts.

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