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Three Kingdoms period (三國時代, Chinese: Sānguó shídài , 220-280 A.D.)

Towards the end of the Han dynasty (漢朝, 206 B.C. – 220 C.E.) and first years of The Three Kingdoms period (三國時代, 220-280 A.D.) calligraphy became a major form of art in China. Two styles matured: clerical (隷書, れいしょ, reisho) and cursive (草書, そうしょ, sōsho), and a new one emerged on the horizon – standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho). The most famous calligraphers of The Three Kingdoms period were: 張芝 (Chinese: Zhāng Zhī; birth date unknown, died in 190 C.E.), also known as the sage of cursive script (草聖, Chinese: cǎo shèng), a pioneer of modern cursive script (今草, こんそう, konsō), and politician鍾繇 (Zhōng Yáo, 151 - 230 C.E.), who according to legend was to develop standard script, although we well know that historically it would have been impossible, since pre-kaisho started to emerge as early as 170 B.C. Please click here to read more about the history of Chinese calligraphy.

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