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Steeping in Traditional Chinese Philosophy

The Design Structure of Ancient Decorative Calligraphy

Peng Lingling
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


This article investigates the design structure of ancient Decorative Chinese Calligraphy, an art form that is steeped in traditional Chinese philosophy, and explores the relationship between calligraphic form and its denotation. Three design characteristics are distinguished: “circle heaven and square earth”, “being symmetrical or balanced”, and “in harmony with myriad things”. Examples of Decorative Chinese Calligraphy are analyzed from the epistemological, semiotic, aesthetic, and cultural perspective of ancient Chinese culture.

Published Online: 2014-5-30
Published in Print: 2014-6-1

© 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston