Ebooks for iphone free download Chinese Calligraphy: From Pictograph to Ideogram: the History of 214 Essential Chinese/Japanese Characters

Chinese Calligraphy: From Pictograph to Ideogram: the History of 214 Essential Chinese/Japanese Characters

Chinese Calligraphy: From Pictograph to Ideogram: the History of 214 Essential Chinese/Japanese Characters

by Edoardo Fazzioli

Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780896597747
Pages: 252
Format: pdf, ePub, mobi, fb2
File size: 7 Mb
Date posting: 2021-05-12
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Description

Written Chinese can call upon about 40,000 characters, many of which originated some 6,000 years ago as little pictures of everyday objects used by the ancients to communicate with one another. To convey more abstract ideas or concepts, the Chinese stylized and combined their pictographs. For instance, the character for "man"--a straight back above two strong legs--becomes, with the addition of a head and shoulders and arms held sternly akimbo, the character for "official." This book, modeled after a classic compilation of the Chinese language done in the 18th century, introduces readers to the 214 root pictographs or symbols upon which this writing system, whose rich complexities hold a wealth of cultural meaning, ...