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Wood calligraphy

One of the first materials that calligraphy was written on (aside from bones, turtle shells, and then stones and silk) was wood. Narrow planks of bamboo or other wood covered in calligraphy are called mokkan (木簡, もっかん).

Wood calligraphy can also be understood as that carved in wood after writing. This technique requires not only knowledge of calligraphy but also skills in carving. Wooden planks with calligraphy incised on them are a common sight here in the Far East (shop banners, office names, name plates outside houses, etc.).

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