Scripts

Seal script – Great Seal script (大篆, daiten)

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

Great Seal script (大篆, daiten) in the broad sense of its definition includes oracle bone script (甲骨文, koukotsubun) and kinbun (金文, literally, “text on metal”, and more precisely bronze). Great seal script was further unified in 221 B.C. under the name of small seal script (小篆, shouten). Kinbun existed simultaneously with oracle bone script. In…

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Seal Script

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

The origins of seal script (篆書, tensho) reach deep into the history of China; all the way to the end of Xia dynasty (夏朝, 2070 B.C. – 1600 B.C.) – the first historically verified Chinese dynasty. Seal script is a term that is used for both great seal script (大篆, daiten) and small seal script…

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Oracle Bone Script

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

Before we dive into the vast world of core calligraphy styles in a strict sense, let me introduce you to the grandfather of all scripts: oracle bone and tortoise shell script (亀甲獣骨文字, kikkou juukotsu moji). In short, oracle bone inscriptions are called koukotsubun (甲骨文) in Japanese, which translates to “text (文, bun) on shells (甲,…

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Calligraphy Styles

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

In Chinese calligraphy we can distinguish five core styles: Seal script (篆書, tensho, further divided into great seal andsmall seal scripts) Clerical script (隷書, reisho) Cursive script(草書, sousho) Regular script (楷書, kaisho) Semi-cursive script (行書, gyousho) These do not entirely define the borders of calligraphy, as there are none to it. Each of the scripts…

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