Language, Art and Symbols from the Land of the Dragon: The Cultural History of 100 Chinese Characters

by Ni Yibin

Format: Other book format 192 pages

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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.

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