Private seals in Western Han Dynasty (西汉私印). Private seals are naturally unregulated, therefore they show the largest variety in content, shape, size, material and calligraphy. Despite of their varied characteristics, they can still be categorized based on their use.
A Chinese scholar and government official named Wang Yirong is credited with realizing that some of these bones were inscribed with ancient writing and thus had historical significance. Today, they are called “oracle bones” and they constitute the best window available into the history, language and culture of ancient China. Because they involve specific dates, they are also an indispensible means of exploring the ancient Chinese calendar and its astronomical underpinnings
Gold Seal Of Authority -- Given by the Qing Dynasty emperor to the 5th Dalai Lama. The 8,257-gram gold seal has a text in the four languages of the Han: Chinese, Tibetan, Manchurian & Mongolian. Via Alain Truong
Soga Shokaku Daruma by the Kyoto painter Soga Shohaku (1730-1781). While Shohaku sometimes produced paintings of the greatest care and precision, he also worked in a freer style. Shohaku’s sprawling inscription informs us that the work was painted in a drunken state. The attitude is consistent with a Zen value of freedom from restraint, which is seen in many eighteenth-century works from Kyoto. The painting is about four feet tall, and it was probably painted with a large straw brush.
Mythology and Folklore Readings: Myth-Folklore Unit: The Monkey King Sun Wu KungSun Wu Kung, the "Monkey King," is one of the most famous characters in Chinese folklore and literature. In the first part of this unit (taken from Wilhelm's Chinese Fairy Book), you will read about the Monkey King's miraculous birth, his training as a magician and warrior, and then his audacious rebellion against heaven.