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Woman's Language: Nushu is a phonetic version of Chinese used exclusively by women in the Hunan Province in southern China from some time around the 13th century until the late 19th century. The language arose because most women in that era did not have the same access to formal education as did men. See post for more info.

Woman's Language: Nushu is a phonetic version of Chinese used exclusively by women in the Hunan Province in southern China from some time around the 13th century until the late 19th century. The language arose because most women in that era did not have the same access to formal education as did men. See post for more info.

The Star Gauge (Xinyua Tu) by Su Hui, a Fourth Century Chinese poet and palindromist, is a complex poem woven in silk in five colors, consisting of a grid of 841 characters which can be read forward or backwards, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, resulting in 2,948 different poems. Legend has it that after losing her husband to a concubine, Su Hui composed this poem to lure him back, and it worked. Translation in link.

The Star Gauge (Xinyua Tu) by Su Hui, a Fourth Century Chinese poet and palindromist, is a complex poem woven in silk in five colors, consisting of a grid of 841 characters which can be read forward or backwards, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, resulting in 2,948 different poems. Legend has it that after losing her husband to a concubine, Su Hui composed this poem to lure him back, and it worked. Translation in link.

Arabic Star Lists, c. 1065 CE. The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. The earliest compilation of Ptolemy’s constellations became codified only in the 9th century CE, after it was published in Arabic

Arabic Star Lists, c. 1065 CE. The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. The earliest compilation of Ptolemy’s constellations became codified only in the 9th century CE, after it was published in Arabic

Culture - My Special: Naxi Dongba Script - the one and only living pictographic script in the world Image: Naxi dongba script with Chinese and English translations like sun, bright, herd...

Culture - My Special: Naxi Dongba Script - the one and only living pictographic script in the world Image: Naxi dongba script with Chinese and English translations like sun, bright, herd...

Writing board, ca. 1981–1802 B.C. Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928 (28.9.4) | Gessoed boards were used for writing notes or school exercises. Like the slate writing tablets of yesteryear, they could be used repeatedly, with old texts being whitewashed to provide a “clean slate” for another.

Writing board, ca. 1981–1802 B.C. Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928 (28.9.4) | Gessoed boards were used for writing notes or school exercises. Like the slate writing tablets of yesteryear, they could be used repeatedly, with old texts being whitewashed to provide a “clean slate” for another.

Signet Ring with Tutankhamun's Throne Name  New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 B.C., Egypt

Signet Ring with Tutankhamun's Throne Name New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 B.C., Egypt

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