Chinese calligraphy

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Chinese calligraphy
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Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 書法
Simplified Chinese 书法
Korean name
Hanja 書藝
Japanese name
Kanji 書道
Hiragana しょどう (modern)
しよだう (historical)

Chinese calligraphy is calligraphy that is done in China. Chinese calligraphy is compared to painting, poetry, and music.[1]

In China, calligraphy is called shūfǎ (書法/书法). It means "way/method/law of writing". It is called shodō (書道) in Japan. It means "way of writing" in Japanese. It is called seoye (서예; 書藝) in Korea. It means "skill of writing" in Korean.[2]

Materials and tools[change | change source]

Four of the most important tools in Chinese calligraphy are called the Four Treasures of the Study. They are the ink brushes, the ink, the paper, and the inkstone.

Stroke order[change | change source]

Calligraphy usually follows a certain order when writing.

  • 十-order.gif First horizontally, then vertically
  • 三-order.gif Top to bottom
  • 人-order.gif Left side, then right side
  • 小-order.gif First the middle, then the sides
  • 同-order.gif First the frame, then inside the frame
  • 国-order.gif Close the frame last
  • 母-order.gif Secondary dots last

References[change | change source]

  1. Li, You-Sheng. A New Interpretation of Chinese Taoist Philosophy: An Anthropological/Psychological View.
  2. Wang Li; et al. (2000). 王力古漢語字典. Beijing: 中華書局. p. 1118. ISBN 7101012191.