Empire of Living Symbols

Book - 1989
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The origins of Chinese ideographs were not known until 1899, when a scholar went to an apothecary for some medicine made of "dragon bone." To his surprise, the bone, which had not yet been ground into powder, contained a number of carved inscriptions. Thus began the exploration of the 3000-year-old sources of the written characters still used in China today. In this unparalleled and deeply researched book, Cecilia Lindqvist tells the story of these characters and shows how theirshapes and concepts have permeated all of Chinese thought, architecture, art, and culture.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 1989
ISBN: 9780306816093
Branch Call Number: 951 LIN
Characteristics: 424 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Han tsu yuan liu


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