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Shang dynasty (商朝, 1600 – 1046 B.C.)

One of the most significant periods not only in the history of Chinese calligraphy, but also the history of writing in general. The Shang dynasty was the dawn of the seal script (篆書, てんしょ, tensho) - the first of the five core calligraphy scripts that were developed – originally in the form of oracle bone script (甲骨文, こうこつぶん, kōkotsubun) and kinbun (金文, きんぶん, i.e. “text on metal”); together they were the first fairly systematic writing systems in ancient China. Please also refer to Damaidi (大麥地) rock carvings and Yangshao culture (仰韶文化), or the history of Chinese calligraphy sections on our website.

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