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Chinese calligraphy was born more than three thousand years ago. The earliest forms of writing were laborious to create, and over time different ways of writing, known as script types, evolved, in some cases for the sake of efficiency, and in others for the sake of legibility.

There are five major script types—seal, clerical, cursive, semicursive, and standard—and each has its own special characteristics. In the first section of the exhibition, the five script types are presented in the order of their evolution.

Selected Artworks