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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.

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

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

Wall-Gazing Daruma 面壁達磨  Phallic Symbol. Details Here.  By Shaku Sōen 釈宗演 1860-1919.  Photo Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺.

Wall-Gazing Daruma 面壁達磨 Phallic Symbol. Details Here. By Shaku Sōen 釈宗演 1860-1919. Photo Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺.

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Learn Chinese Arts Chinese seals western han private seals

Learn Chinese Arts Chinese seals western han private seals

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

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.

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.

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.

A fine and rare celadon-glazed 'Kui Dragon' jar, Seal mark and period of Qianlong

A fine and rare celadon-glazed 'Kui Dragon' jar, Seal mark and period of Qianlong

Tenkoku(seal-engraving) 忘筌蹄 せんていをわする I made

Tenkoku(seal-engraving) 忘筌蹄 せんていをわする I made

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