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

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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.

 

Synopsis:

Ni Yibin, a former Assistant Professor of Chinese Art and Culture at the National University of Singapore, is now a freelance writer and journalist. An expert in chinese iconography, he has contributed to numerous publications including China (DBP, 2005).

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781844838493
Subtitle:
The cultural history of 100 Chinese characters
Publisher:
Watkins Publishing
Author:
Yibin, Ni
Author:
Ni, Yibin
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Study Aids-Advanced Placement
Subject:
Chinese characters -- History.
Subject:
Chinese
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
BG-HISTORY - BG-WORLD HISTORY
Subject:
China
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20091001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
all in color
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
11.75 x 9.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , Ni Yibin, a former Assistant Professor of Chinese Art and Culture at the National University of Singapore, is now a freelance writer and journalist. An expert in chinese iconography, he has contributed to numerous publications including China (DBP, 2005).
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