Calligraphy Illustration

Ancient China for Kids

It was during the Shang Dynasty that many important things were invented. Two of the most important was the use of bronze weapons and a system of writing called calligraphy. Chopsticks were invented as well.

Calligraphy was an art form (and still is.) In ancient China, calligraphy was a means of communication, a way to write things down. It was also a way to express yourself. Noble and royal children had to learn calligraphy. Even emperors practiced until they good at writing calligraphy. Of course emperors could appoint someone to write for them, but the ability to write in calligraphy showed control and inner peace. It was a sign of status. The emperor had the highest status of all.

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