National Treasures

From pottery to ritual bronzes, jade burial suit, porcelain, embroidery and ornaments, every cultural relic witnesses the history of China and has an interesting story to tell. This series explores some of the greatest national treasures collected in the major museums of China.
From pottery to ritual bronzes, jade burial suit, porcelain, embroidery and ornaments, every cultural relic witnesses the history of China and has an interesting story to tell. This series explores some of the greatest national treasures collected in the major museums of China.
Confucian classics carved in stone - Art & Culture in China
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Confucian classics carved in stone

Before printing was invented in China in the early Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), the only way to read and circulate articles was to copy them by hand.
The master calligrapher behind  vanguard 'hanging arm technique' - Art & Culture in China
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The master calligrapher behind vanguard 'hanging arm technique'

Xianyu Shu's transcription of "The Song of the Stone Drums" is considered to have had the most profound influence on the cursive writing art. 
Little-known calligraphy art skills of heroic Kublai Khan adversary - Art & Culture in China
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Little-known calligraphy art skills of heroic Kublai Khan adversary

Wen Tianxiang (1236-83) is rightly remembered in China for his patriotism, righteousness and loyalty to his people and land. Little is known about his brilliant calligraphy skills.
Tang empress obsessed with calligraphy - Art & Culture in China
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Tang empress obsessed with calligraphy

One day in AD 692, a surprising ecstasy appeared on the face of Empress Wu Zetian.
Tang master's eulogy hails family bravery - Art & Culture in China
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Tang master's eulogy hails family bravery

Almost every Chinese person begins his/her learning of traditional calligraphy or handwriting by imitating the regular script of Yan Zhenqing.
Calligraphy masterpiece flourishes on TCM - Art & Culture in China
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Calligraphy masterpiece flourishes on TCM

"I took the duck-head bolus but I don't think it's as potent as some people thought. When we meet up tomorrow I would like to know your opinion."
Artist and museum join hands in recovering calligraphy treasure - Art & Culture in China
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Artist and museum join hands in recovering calligraphy treasure

The treasure, "Chunhuage Tie," is a collection of the most significant calligraphy rubbings in Chinese history.
'Three Rarities Treasure' almost lost to imperial family's greed - Art & Culture in China
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'Three Rarities Treasure' almost lost to imperial family's greed

The trio, known as "Three Rarities Treasure," were generally considered to be among the most precious remnants in the history of Chinese calligraphy.
Ancient Chinese encyclopedia survives infernos, robberies - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient Chinese encyclopedia survives infernos, robberies

More than 300 years before the publication of "Encyclopedia Britannica," the oldest English-language encyclopedia, a Chinese version, "Yongle Dadian," was already in existence.
Ancient 'Siku Quanshu' a lifetime of page turning Chinese history - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient 'Siku Quanshu' a lifetime of page turning Chinese history

How long would it take to read the "Siku Quanshu?"
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