The History of Chinese Calligraphy
Qin Dynasty 221 - 207 BC
In 256 BC, the last king of Zhou surrendered to a powerful state Qin, from which the name China is derived. By 221 BC, a series of wars enabled the Qin rulers to conquer the whole of China and ruled it as one state - the political chaos that lasted for five centuries was temporarily halted.
|Edict, 221 BC |
Ink rubbing on rice paper.
|Edict of Standard Measurement, c. 221 BC |
|Li Si ( - 208 BC) |
Stone Inscription of Mt Yi, 219 BC
Stone Inscription of Mt. Tai, 219 BC
|Clerical script. With greatly increased clerical work, literate bondmen were assigned to help, and their hastily folk style was named clerical script, the second scriptural style of Chinese calligraphy. Clerical script simplified seal script by making up new character components and stretching its pictographic winding strokes straight. Individual strokes vary in width, with considerable contrast between the thick and thin parts of a single stroke, and certain characters have stressed strokes, especially the powerful right-falling stroke, the hallmark of clerical script, which runs diagonally towards the lower fight-hand corner. This script was fully developed in Han, and has been remaining in use to the present day.|
|Official documents of Yunmeng Town, 217 BC |
ink on wood slips
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