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Ba ti (八體, Chinese: Bā tī, lit. “eight bodies (scripts)”)

Eight calligraphic scripts set by law as examination requirements for candidates applying for official governmental positions during late Han Dynasty (後漢, 25 – 220). Rules were established by 蕭何 (Chinese: Xiāo Hé, late 2nd century C.E.), a famous politician and one of the "Three Outstanding Heroes of the Early Han Dynasty". The main style of Bā tī was the clerical script (隷書, れいしょ, reisho). The eight scripts (as defined by 許慎 (Chiense: Xū Shèn, 58 C.E. – 147 C.E); a Chinese philologist of the late Han dynasty) were: great seal script (大篆, だいてん, daiten), small seal script (小篆, しょうてん, shōten), clerical script (隷書, れいしょ, reisho), courier voucher script (刻符, Chinese: Kè fú), worm script (蟲書, Chinese: Chóng shū), script used for seals (摹印, Chinese: Mó yìn), script for ornamental tablets (署書, Chinese: Shū shū) and script for inscriptions on weapons (殳書, Chinese: Shū shū).

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