Catalogue with pieces shown at the Gallery of Ancient Chinese Calligraphy in Shanghai Museum, China.
"Chinese written characters are pictographic symbols of spoken words. Calligraphy is the art of writing characters in an expressive manner employing the use of the brush. The most ancient written characters were written on oracle bones, or were inscriptions on bronze vessels found in the Shang and Zhou dynasties. It was during the late Warring States, Qin, Han, Wei, Jin, Northern and Southern Dynasties that scripts such as official, cursive, running and regular scripts developed. Thus a multi-script system evolved for Chinese written characters. Different scripts were used for different regions and for different times, and this diversity let newer forms take root and flower." excerpt from the introduction.
Published by Shanghai Museum, China, 2001
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