Chinese artistic tradition can be traced to about 4000 B.C., the middle of the Neolithic period. Ceramic art was the creative activity of Neolithic society in China. The earliest pots that appeared were exclusively earthenware, hand-made, red, and fired in bonfires. Chinese Middle Neolithic art is represented by deep bodied jugs, red or brown ware, and pointed bottomed amphorae. Chinese Late Neolithic pottery includes delicate, colored and polished vessels.