The Nature of Chinese Character: Gifts from the Earth by Barbara Aria hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Chronicle Books, 2001, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: For millennia, Chinese characters have been regarded as a sacred art form. These complex pictograms are much more than mere letters or words. In Chinese thought, the act of writing a character is seen as parallel to the process of creation. Every single stroke is rich with meaning and each complete character reflects the centuries-old history of this vast, powerful civilization.
In this volume youll find a beautiful selection of earthly words and their meanings. The written language of China is rich with organic images and the strokes themselves suggest the natural forms of the universe, each character echoing the shape of the word it represents. Reflecting on the beauty of a Chinese character, therefore, can be said to have the same effect on the mind and heart as reflecting on the beauty of nature.
Calligrapher Russell Eng Gon has masterfully crafted each symbol, stroke by stroke, demonstrating how to construct these intricate pictographs. The characters, created by brush in the contemporary style, are accompanied by a beautiful drawing illustrating the forms that inspired the . calligraphic representation. Barbara Aria unravels the poetic meaning of each character and offers insight into Chinese culture. Readers will be fascinated to learn that many characters comprise combined ideas that still retain hints of ancient Chinese thought and lore.
Each depiction in this captivating book sheds light on a unique aspect of the meaning and craftsmanship of the individual characters. At once an inquiry into centuries of thought and a paean to the oldest functional art form, The Nature of the Chinese Character is beautiful in its own right-an elegant keepsake that both informs and enchants.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Green boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board.
95 pages. 6¾” x 6¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Calligraphy category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…