The Archaic Character of Seal Script

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Jan 24 2017 - May 21 2017

This small exhibition focuses on the historical and artistic dimensions of seal script, the oldest form of Chinese writing. Calligraphers in China often choose seal script to convey a sense of antiquity when writing out selections from ancient texts or rendering the formal titles of documents. Works on view include a seal script rendering of a chapter from the classic Daoist text Daodejing, a 19th century imperial edict, and contemporary prints by Japanese artist Maki Haku, whose work emphasizes the pictorial aspect of seal script characters.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • Works on Paper
  • Asian
  • Chinese
  • Maki Haku
  • and others

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