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Chinese calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy is an Eastern tradition rooted in centuries of practice. It is an art of turning square written characters into expressive images by the responsiveness of rice paper and speed and pressure of a pointed brush.

Primary education
Imperial examination and handwriting

History
Dynasties

Shang and Zhou
Qin
Han
around Jin
Tang
Song and Yuan
Ming
Qing
1675 - 221
221 - 206
206 BC - 220 AD
220 - 618
618 - 960
960 - 1368
1368 - 1644
1644 - 1911



How to

Copybooks
Brush writing techniques
Essays on Chinese calligraphy

There are five common script styles.


seal

clerical

cursive

semi-cursive

regular

In its long history of scriptural evolution and refinement, Eastern brush writing was practiced within a strict framework and governed by restrictive rules. What discusses here is the general knowledge of its disciplines rather than a teaching guide for beginners.


 



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