Turtle shell with Chinese script

Claudia , PT
0811Turtle shell with Chinese script

This watercolour in yellow and blue is a tribute to my favourite scrip: the more than 3,500 years old Chinese scrip. Not being an alphabetical script, the Chinese writing system is unique in the modern world. For me, even the Arabic script cannot rival with the Chinese script in beauty and interest. The oracle bone script of Shang dynasty, the jiaguwen, was already a very complex system. Symbols were etched onto turtle shells and animal bones, which were heated until cracks would appear. Then, Shang court officials would interpret those cracks to make divinations of future events. The watercolour shows a turtle shell carved with some early forms of Chinese characters.
The calligraphy, as well as the squared stamp with a dragon, were also made by me.

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