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Sekkobun

Sekkobun (石鼓文, せっこぶん, i.e. “stone drum inscription”)

Mini2:a1_sekkonbun.jpg"Sekkobun : | Ink rubbing of a fragment of badly damaged surface of one of the Stone Drum Inscription monuments (石鼓文, せっこぶん)."

石鼓文 (Chinese: Shí gǔ wén) means “text on stone drums” (the name comes from the drum shaped-like stones they were carved on). Stone drum inscriptions are the earliest great seal script (大篆, だいてん, daiten) text carved in stones ever found. Precise dating is debatable and ranges between late Western Zhou (西周, 1046 - 771 B.C) , i.e. 8th century B.C., and the late Warring States period (戰國時代, 475 – 221 B.C.) i.e. the late 3rd century B.C. Today sekkobun is displayed in The Palace Museum in The Forbidden City (故宮博物院, Chinese: Gù gōng Bó wù yuàn), Beijing. Please click here to read more about the history of Chinese calligraphy.

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