Chinese Characters

Chinese Characters

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Description

The elegant pen-strokes and visual harmony of Chinese writing, known as hanzi, have long been admired in the west. Classical Chinese calligraphy is a popular and valuable art form, and with the increasing economic and cultural power of China, its writing is becoming more widely appreciated and understood. In particular, the deep layers of history and symbolism which exist behind even the most everyday character have a strong appeal to those seeking understanding from an alternative philosophy. Chinese Characters: The Art of Hanzi features the most interesting of the three to four thousand characters are needed to write modern Chinese. Characters expressing concepts such as love, peace, respect and happiness are reproduced in a large format, enabling the reader to trace, scan or photocopy them for transfer to any other medium. Alongside the character is an accessible and inspiring explanation of how the character developed, what the particular strokes symbolize, and its various different meanings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 195 x 264 x 23mm | 806g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 90 artworks; 90 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782747664
  • 9781782747666
  • 3,512,518

Table of contents

love
peace
peace
harmony
heart
belief
new
flourish, prosper
happy
sex
lucky
honest,
respect
eternal
forever
home
father
mother
friend
friendship
fire
water
earth
wood
metal/gold
jade
rain
wind
fortune
long life
male
female
dragon
phoenix
benevolence
righteousness
Zen
moon
sun
Yin
Yang
bright
light, radiance, glory
Tao
great
supreme
laugh, smile
filial piety, dutifulness
power, strength
rites, correct behaviour
extreme. utmost
auspicious
happy; music
music
change
flower
middle; China
tea
sword
glorious, prosperous
clear, pure
correct, upright
change, become
star
strong
emperor
cool
clever, skilled
money
to know
knowledge
Go!
abundant
dance
martial, warlike
qi, energy
connection
brave
thunder
hot
cold
ice
soldier
stone
lose
wine, alcohol
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About James Trapp

James Trapp is the author of Chinese Characters: The Art and Meaning of Hanzi, Chinese Proverbs and also has translated a bestselling new multilingual edition of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. A Chinese language graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, he teaches Mandarin and was previously an Education Officer on the China Collection at the British Museum.
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