Symbols, Art, and Language From the Land of the Dragon

Symbols, Art, and Language From the Land of the Dragon

The Cultural History of 100 Chinese Characters

Book - 2009
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Chinese characters captivate as much with their artistic expressiveness as with their fascinating layers of meaning: they are written reflections of a unique and beguiling culture. Drawing upon the latest scholarship, this book gathers 100 of the most significant sinographs, placing them within their historical, artistic, and cultural contexts. Each word is traced through the ages, from picture drawings to multifaceted modern characters, and every entry explores the characters’ significance in Chinese culture, from words such as dragon, phoenix, mountain, and heaven to abstract concepts of love, truth, wisdom, and luck. Superb calligraphy accompanies the text?often shown full-page for impact?along with lavish reproductions of Chinese brush paintings, scrolls, ceramics, and textiles.



Random House, Inc.
Much more than a book about language, "100 Chinese Characters" interweaves history, culture and art to reveal one of the world's greatest civilizations. Chinese characters have developed over thousands of years, captivating as much with their artistic expressiveness as with their intriguing layers of meaning. In this book the text is accompanied with calligraphy and full-colour reproductions of Chinese brush paintings, calligraphic scrolls cermaics and textiles, whilst each entry explores the meaning behind the character and its significance in Chinese culture, from words such as dragon, mountain and heaven, to abstract concepts such as love, beauty and trust. Drawing on the latest scholarship, this silk-bound edition is both engaging and informative - language as an art form; art as language.

Publisher: London : Duncan Baird Publishers Ltd ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Sterling Publishing Co., 2009
ISBN: 9781844838493
1844838498
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. ; 31 cm

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