Shang (c.1600 - 1066 B.C.) & Zhou (1066 - 771 B.C.) Dynasties

Chinese writing underwent numerous changes over time, but the ancient scripts of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties can still be read today; the oracle bone writing and bronze inscriptions can be deciphered without excessive difficulty. In this manner, Chinese history presents itself unbroken to the present day. Oracle bone writing and bronze inscriptions are the roots of calligraphy, and the designs that decorate the pottery and bronzes of ancient time are the beginnings of pictorial art and painting.


Jin Wen (from pictures to characters)


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