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CONVENTION FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF
THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE
SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

Fourth session
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
28 September to 2 October 2009

Nomination for inscription on the Representative List in 2009 (Reference No. 00216) |
A. | State Party: China |
B. | Name ofelement: Chinese calligraphy |
C. | Community(ies), group(s) or, if applicable, individual(s) concerned:China Calligraphers Association, Chinese Calligraphy Institute of Chinese National Academy of Arts, other related calligraphy research institutions, calligraphers, and calligraphy lovers. |
D. | Brief textual description of the nominated element:Chinese calligraphy is an artistic practicethat, while fulfilling the practical function of information exchange through writing Chinese characters with brushes, ink, and paper as the main tools and materials, conveys human contemplation of nature, society and life and thus reflects the unique character, spirit, temperament, interest, and way of thinking of the Chinese people through special graphic symbols and writing rhythms. Along withthe appearance and evolution of Chinese characters, Chinese calligraphy has developed for more than 3,000 years and become a symbol of Chinese culture. |

1. | Identification of the element |
1.a. | Name of element: Chinese calligraphy |
1.b. | Other name(s) of the element, if any: |
1.c. | Identification of the community(ies), group(s) or, if applicable, individual(s) concerned and theirlocation:China Calligraphers Association, Chinese Calligraphy Institute of Chinese National Academy of Arts, other related calligraphy research institutions, calligraphers, and calligraphy lovers. |
1.d. | Geographic location and range of the element:The territories of the people’s Republic of China; and also Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries and regions. |
1.e. | Domain(s)represented by the element:The domain of “social practices, ceremonies and festivals”, as specified of Item 2(3) of Article 2 of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, October 17th, 2003). |
2. | Description of the element (cf. Criterion R.1): |
| Chinese calligraphy is an artistic practice that, while fulfilling the practical function of informationexchange through writing Chinese characters with brushes, ink, and paper as the main tools and materials, conveys human contemplation of nature, society and life and thus reflects the unique character, spirit, temperament, interest, and philosophy of the Chinese people through special graphic symbols and writing rhythms. Along with the appearance and evolution of Chinese characters, Chinese calligraphyhas developed for more than 3,000 years and become a symbol of Chinese culture.Chinese calligraphy has developed along with the appearance and evolution of Chinese characters. The earliest Chinese characters discovered to date are the inscriptions on bones, tortoise shells, and bronze from the Shang Dynasty (14th to 11th century B.C.). It was during late Han Dynasty and the Wei and Jin Dynasties(approximately from late 2nd to 4th century A.D.) that the writing of Chinese characters as a means of recording information gradually evolved into an art with an aesthetic function. In correspondence with the evolution of the script forms, five styles, namely, the seal-script, official-script, cursive-script, running-script, and regular-script styles, and a number of carrier forms, includingpersonal letter, hand scroll, vertically-hung scroll, central scroll, antithetical couplets, and fan covering, of Chinese calligraphy have been developed. Before the printing technology was invented, calligraphy had performed the functions of recording information and conducting written communication and exchange. The space for calligraphic display has extended from homes, palaces, shops, and...
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