Museum

the archaic character of seal script

Ripin Gallery

Through May 21

This small exhibition focuses on the historical and artistic dimensions of seal script, the oldest form of Chinese writing. Calligraphers in China often choose seal script to convey a sense of antiquity when writing out selections from ancient texts or rendering the formal titles of documents.

Works on view include a seal script rendering of a chapter from the classic Daoist text Daodejing, a 19th century imperial edict, and contemporary prints by Japanese artist Maki Haku.

Organized by Kevin R.E. Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art.

Maki Haku 巻白
Dance 69–1, 1969
Woodblock print and cement block print
Art Rental Collection Fund, RC 2016.6