China

China

Empire of the Written Symbol

eBook - 2008
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The origins of Chinese ideographs were not known until 1899, when a scholar went to an apothecary for some medicine made of "dragon bone." To his surprise, the bone, which had not yet been ground into powder, contained a number of carved inscriptions. Thus began the exploration of the 3000-year-old sources of the written characters still used in China today. In this book, the author tells the story of these characters and shows how their shapes and concepts have permeated all of Chinese thought, architecture, art, and culture.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2008
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780786731992
0786731990
0306816091
9780306816093
Characteristics: 1 online resource (424 pages) : illustrations (some color), map
Alternative Title: China, empire of living symbols

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