Life is Joy (人生一楽) . This calligraphy work is written in stylised seal script ((篆書). Seal script is a large family of scripts, and can be split into two groups; great seal script (大篆) and small seal script (小篆). However, this calssification is not that easy as it would seem. Great seal script is rather difficult to define. To fully understand the complexity of the issue one would need to appreciet the political history of ancient China, and its influence on the art of Chinese calligraphy.
In short, great seal script begins with bronze inscriptions (金文), which first appeared during late Xia dynasty (夏朝, 2070 - 1600 B.C.E.). Also, although oracle bone script (甲骨文) is often regarded as separate script, it could be classified as a member of the great seal script. Those are subjects for a longer articles, and I will be discussing those issues in greater details on the Ink Treasures site pages (it is an ongoing project between an ink painter, Mariusz Szmerdt (翔隼), and myself).
Seal script is without a doubt the oldest linguistically mature script in Chinese calligraphy. It played a significant role in the history and development of the ancient China.
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