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Age Of The Bamboo Slip

Mini2:a2_age_of_the_bamboo_slip.jpg"Age of the Bamboo Slip: | Mokkan (木簡,もっかん), early Han dynasty (前漢, 206 B.C. – 8 C.E.) clerical script (隷書, れいしょ, reisho), 2nd century B.C. Note the characteristic for mokkan slips writing extended finishing stroke of the character 令 (れい, rei, i.e. “command”, “decree”, “orders”)."

Period of some 2000 years, beginning as early as the Shang dynasty(商朝, 1600-1046 B.C.), lasting through the Zhou (周朝, 1046-256 B.C.) and all the way up to Cao Wei (曹魏, 220-265) and Jin (晉朝, 265-420), during which the prevailing writing materials were bamboo and wood (as well as silk). One of the most astonishing calligraphy found on bamboo slips (木簡, もっかん, mokkan) was a partial copy of Tao Te Ching (道徳経, Chinese: Dào dé jīng) by Lao Tzu (老子, Chinese: Lǎozǐ, 6th century B.C.), the founder of Taoism, unearthed in Guandian, Hubei Province (湖北省).

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