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"Immersed in Tradition: Exploring the Beauty of Chinese Writing" People light incense to bring in the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog at Mahayana

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Diptych sundial, closed, marked with 6 Chinese characters in red ink declaring 'Sun Moon Combo Dial'

Diptych sundial, closed, marked with 6 Chinese characters in red ink declaring 'Sun Moon Combo Dial'
MMM5474453 Diptych sundial, closed, marked with 6 Chinese characters in red ink declaring 'Sun Moon Combo Dial', c.1850-1900 (wood); National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Sundial, with a rotating disk with a lunar motion scale, in Chinese characters

Sundial, with a rotating disk with a lunar motion scale, in Chinese characters. Wooden instrument, c.1850-1900 (wood)
MMM5473321 Sundial, with a rotating disk with a lunar motion scale, in Chinese characters. Wooden instrument, c.1850-1900 (wood); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Sundial)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Open sundial, with magnetic compass and moonrise and sunset table, in Chinese characters

Open sundial, with magnetic compass and moonrise and sunset table, in Chinese characters, c.1850-1900 (wood)
MMM5473329 Open sundial, with magnetic compass and moonrise and sunset table, in Chinese characters, c.1850-1900 (wood); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Open sundial)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Emperor of China: Portrait of Fou Hi Che (Fou-Hi-Che or Fuxi, Fu Hsi or Fu-Hsi)

Emperor of China: Portrait of Fou Hi Che (Fou-Hi-Che or Fuxi, Fu Hsi or Fu-Hsi)
BEN5468473 Emperor of China: Portrait of Fou Hi Che (Fou-Hi-Che or Fuxi, Fu Hsi or Fu-Hsi), inventor of the eight trigrams of Yi Jing, at the origin of calligraphy. Painting, 1685

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: An itinerant medicine man, Hong Kong, c.1903

An itinerant medicine man, Hong Kong, c.1903
UIG5418870 An itinerant medicine man, Hong Kong, c.1903 by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: An itinerant medicine man sits at a street stall selling various potions)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Chinese False Colours Flag, c.1926 (cotton)

Chinese False Colours Flag, c.1926 (cotton)
7340523 Chinese False Colours Flag, c.1926 (cotton) by Chinese School (20th century) ; 119.4x106.7 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Sundial and lunar in diptych, c.1850-1900 (varnished wood)

Sundial and lunar in diptych, c.1850-1900 (varnished wood)
MMM5474421 Sundial and lunar in diptych, c.1850-1900 (varnished wood); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Sundial and lunar in diptych, open)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Diptych sundial, open, for latitude 41 degrees, 19th century (wood)

Diptych sundial, open, for latitude 41 degrees, 19th century (wood)
MMM5474041 Diptych sundial, open, for latitude 41 degrees, 19th century (wood); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Diptych sundial, open, for latitude 41 degrees)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Fan of the Fujiwara period, Heian period (794-1185)

Fan of the Fujiwara period, Heian period (794-1185)
AIS5377870 Fan of the Fujiwara period, Heian period (794-1185); Tokyo National Museum, Japan; (add.info.: Japanese decorative arts.); © Iberfoto.

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: The servant girls, painting, 706

The servant girls, painting, 706
AIS5386889 The servant girls, painting, 706; (add.info.: The servant girls. Detail of a wall painting, dated 706, located in the tomb of Li Xian Hui (684-701), Princess Yongtai, in Xian (China)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Medecine chinoise : schema du corps humain avec points d'application des points d'acupuncture

Medecine chinoise : schema du corps humain avec points d'application des points d'acupuncture. Dessin
AIS5367886 Medecine chinoise : schema du corps humain avec points d'application des points d'acupuncture. Dessin; © Iberfoto.

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Diptych sundial, with engraved indications in Chinese, 17th century (ivory and copper)

Diptych sundial, with engraved indications in Chinese, 17th century (ivory and copper)
MMM5469980 Diptych sundial, with engraved indications in Chinese, 17th century (ivory and copper); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Diptych sundial)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Diptych sundial, closed, for latitude 41 degrees, 19th century (wood)

Diptych sundial, closed, for latitude 41 degrees, 19th century (wood)
MMM5474037 Diptych sundial, closed, for latitude 41 degrees, 19th century (wood); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Diptych sundial, closed, for 41 degrees of latitude)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Sundial and magnetic compass, inserted in a rectangular box with an ivory lid, 18th century (copper)

Sundial and magnetic compass, inserted in a rectangular box with an ivory lid, 18th century (copper)
MMM5474559 Sundial and magnetic compass, inserted in a rectangular box with an ivory lid, 18th century (copper); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Sundial and magnetic compass)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: A medicine stall in Hong Kong, c.1903

A medicine stall in Hong Kong, c.1903
UIG5418872 A medicine stall in Hong Kong, c.1903 by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: A man wearing a traditional Manchu hairstyle (coiffure mandchoue)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Genie of the evil of Taoist shamanism. Painting, Chinese art

Genie of the evil of Taoist shamanism. Painting, Chinese art
AIS5363004 Genie of the evil of Taoist shamanism. Painting, Chinese art.; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info.: Genie of the evil of Taoist shamanism. Painting, Chinese art)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Woman wearing a cangue

Woman wearing a cangue
3790032 Woman wearing a cangue; (add.info.: Woman wearing a cangue, a device for public humiliation and corporal punishment)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Flower market Hong Kong

Flower market Hong Kong
3790104 Flower market Hong Kong; (add.info.: Flower market Hong Kong. A European woman in English Edwardian dress looks at flowers on a stall. Street scene. Early 20th century)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Rail - less electric car and Post Office

Rail - less electric car and Post Office
3790043 Rail - less electric car and Post Office; (add.info.: Rail-less electric car and Post Office. Advert for Travel by CNAC'. China, early 20th century. postcard); Lebrecht History

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Group of men playing Fan-Tan

Group of men playing Fan-Tan
3790084 Group of men playing Fan-Tan; (add.info.: Group of men playing Fan-Tan, a form of gambling game. Early 20th century. China, Hong Kong under British administration. postcard); Lebrecht History

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Tower of Tientsin Castle

Tower of Tientsin Castle
3790031 Tower of Tientsin Castle; (add.info.: Tower of Tientsin / Tianjin Castle, Tientsin, China. Street Scene. postcard); Lebrecht History

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Chinese bus

Chinese bus
3790025 Chinese bus; (add.info.: Chinese double decker bus (British style), , possibly in Shanghai. Advert on the front for Federal cigarettes

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: People light incense to bring in the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog at Mahayana

People light incense to bring in the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog at Mahayana Buddhist Temple in New York, U.S. February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Gabriela Bhaskar

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: A wholesaler checks quality of a fresh tuna displayed at the Tsukiji fish market before

A wholesaler checks quality of a fresh tuna displayed at the Tsukiji fish market before the New Years auction in Tokyo January 5, 2015

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: The super blue moon rises over Chinese signs reading Beijing atop a building in Beijing

The super blue moon rises over Chinese signs reading Beijing atop a building in Beijing
The super blue moon rises over Chinese signs reading " Beijing" atop a building in Beijing, China, January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: A man walks past a sign on a road blocked by pro-democracy protesters at the financial

A man walks past a sign on a road blocked by pro-democracy protesters at the financial Central district in Hong Kong October 10, 2014

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Singapore, Chinatown, Chinese New Year Banners

Singapore, Chinatown, Chinese New Year Banners

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: New Year procession Hong Kong, early 20th century (postcard)

New Year procession Hong Kong, early 20th century (postcard)
3790092 New Year procession Hong Kong, early 20th century (postcard); (add.info.: New Year procession, Queens Road, Hong Kong. Street scene. Early 20th century)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: The Great Battle at Kawanakajima par Yoshitora, Utagawa (active 1850-1880)

The Great Battle at Kawanakajima par Yoshitora, Utagawa (active 1850-1880). Colour woodcut, size : 23x35, c
FIA5404384 The Great Battle at Kawanakajima par Yoshitora, Utagawa (active 1850-1880). Colour woodcut, size : 23x35, c. 1870, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam by Yoshitora

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Kokugikan dans l est de Edo (Tokyo). Estampe de Utagawa Kunisato (mort en 1858)

Kokugikan dans l est de Edo (Tokyo). Estampe de Utagawa Kunisato (mort en 1858), 1853 - Kokugikan in East Edo
FIA5409338 Kokugikan dans l est de Edo (Tokyo). Estampe de Utagawa Kunisato (mort en 1858), 1853 - Kokugikan in East Edo, by Kunisato, Utagawa (?-1858). Colour woodcut, 1853. Dimension : 37x76 cm

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Combat de sumo devant Toyotomi Hideyoshi 1537-1598) et Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611)

Combat de sumo devant Toyotomi Hideyoshi 1537-1598) et Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611)
FIA5409238 Combat de sumo devant Toyotomi Hideyoshi 1537-1598) et Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611). Estampe de Utagawa Toyono bu (1859-1886), 1884 - Sumo performed before Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyemasa

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Portrait du lutteur de sumo Kotozan avec un tablier rituel. Estampe de Shunsho

Portrait du lutteur de sumo Kotozan avec un tablier rituel. Estampe de Shunsho, Katsukawa (1726-1793)
FIA5409227 Portrait du lutteur de sumo Kotozan avec un tablier rituel. Estampe de Shunsho, Katsukawa (1726-1793), vers 1775 - The wrestler Kotozan, wearing an apron (kesho-mawashi), by Shunsho

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Combat des lutteurs de sumo Umegatani Rodachi et Kimura Shonosuke

Combat des lutteurs de sumo Umegatani Rodachi et Kimura Shonosuke. Estampe de Utagawa Kunitoshi (1847-1899)
FIA5409346 Combat des lutteurs de sumo Umegatani Rodachi et Kimura Shonosuke. Estampe de Utagawa Kunitoshi (1847-1899), vers 1885 - Wrestling match Umegatani Rodachi vs Kimura Shonosuke

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Combat de sumo entre Koyonagi et Kaganiiva. Estampe de Utagawa Yoshimune (1817-1880)

Combat de sumo entre Koyonagi et Kaganiiva. Estampe de Utagawa Yoshimune (1817-1880)
FIA5409262 Combat de sumo entre Koyonagi et Kaganiiva. Estampe de Utagawa Yoshimune (1817-1880), vers 1850 - Wrestling match Koyonagi vs Kaganiiva, by Yoshimune, Utagawa (1817-1880)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Portrait du lutteur de sumo Hidenoyama Raigoro avec un tablier rituel

Portrait du lutteur de sumo Hidenoyama Raigoro avec un tablier rituel. Estampe de Yoshituya, Utagawa (1822-1866)
FIA5409235 Portrait du lutteur de sumo Hidenoyama Raigoro avec un tablier rituel. Estampe de Yoshituya, Utagawa (1822-1866), vers 1850 - The wrestler Hidenoyama Raigoro

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Estampe japonaise : le verger des pruniers a Kamata (Tokyo, Japon) - Serie cent vues celebres d'Edo

Estampe japonaise : le verger des pruniers a Kamata (Tokyo, Japon) - Serie cent vues celebres d'Edo
FIA5410179 Estampe japonaise : le verger des pruniers a Kamata (Tokyo, Japon) - Serie cent vues celebres d'Edo (The Plum Orchard at Kamata)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Art japonais: preparatifs de sortie; concours de beaute feminine

Art japonais: preparatifs de sortie; concours de beaute feminine (Coming Out Preparation -Competition of beautiful)
FIA5386323 Art japonais: preparatifs de sortie; concours de beaute feminine (Coming Out Preparation -Competition of beautiful women) - Estampe de Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: La belle Takigawa de la maison de the Ogi (Beauty Takigawa from the tea house Ogi)

La belle Takigawa de la maison de the Ogi (Beauty Takigawa from the tea house Ogi)
FIA5329919 La belle Takigawa de la maison de the Ogi (Beauty Takigawa from the tea house Ogi). In la serie Les celebres beautes contemporaines (the famous beauty of our days)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Estampe japonaise: Vue de la rue principale de Nihonbashidori (Tokyo, Japon)

Estampe japonaise: Vue de la rue principale de Nihonbashidori (Tokyo, Japon). Serie cent vues celebres d'Edo
FIA5368734 Estampe japonaise: Vue de la rue principale de Nihonbashidori (Tokyo, Japon). Serie cent vues celebres d'Edo. (View of The First Street on Nihonbashidori)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Un jeu de marionette, in serie divertissements des enfants (A marionette Play)

Un jeu de marionette, in serie divertissements des enfants (A marionette Play, from the series Childrens amusement)
FIA5359186 Un jeu de marionette, in serie divertissements des enfants (A marionette Play, from the series Childrens amusement). Estampe de Katsukawa Shunsen (Shunko II) (1762-1830)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Estampe japonaise: La fete du Sumiyoshi sur l'ile Tsukada (Tokyo, Japon)

Estampe japonaise: La fete du Sumiyoshi sur l'ile Tsukada (Tokyo, Japon). Serie cent vues celebres d'Edo
FIA5368191 Estampe japonaise: La fete du Sumiyoshi sur l'ile Tsukada (Tokyo, Japon). Serie cent vues celebres d'Edo. (The Sumiyoshi Festival on Tsukada Island)

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Le pont Kanasugi et Shibaura (cent vues celebres de Edo) - Oeuvre de Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Le pont Kanasugi et Shibaura (cent vues celebres de Edo) - Oeuvre de Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), estampe japonaise
FIA5389988 Le pont Kanasugi et Shibaura (cent vues celebres de Edo) - Oeuvre de Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), estampe japonaise

Background imageChinese Writing Collection: Estampe japonaise : Vue de Massaki, le jardin pres du temple Suijin

Estampe japonaise : Vue de Massaki, le jardin pres du temple Suijin, l'entree Ushigawa et le village Sekiya (Tokyo)
FIA5389979 Estampe japonaise : Vue de Massaki, le jardin pres du temple Suijin, l'entree Ushigawa et le village Sekiya (Tokyo)



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"Immersed in Tradition: Exploring the Beauty of Chinese Writing" People light incense to bring in the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog at Mahayana, symbolizing a fresh start and prosperity. A wholesaler meticulously checks the quality of a fresh tuna displayed at the Tsukiji fish market before it reaches eager customers' plates. The super blue moon gracefully rises over Chinese signs reading Beijing atop a building in Beijing, blending ancient culture with modern cityscapes. Undeterred by pro-democracy protesters, a determined man walks past a sign on a road blocked during financial unrest, reminding us that change is often met with resistance. Singapore's Chinatown comes alive with vibrant Chinese New Year banners, adding an extra dose of color and festivity to this already bustling neighborhood. Transporting us back to early 20th-century Hong Kong, a captivating postcard captures the grandeur of a New Year procession filled with cultural pride and heritage. The Great Battle at Kawanakajima depicted in Utagawa Yoshitora's mesmerizing woodcut transports viewers to feudal Japan, where honor and valor were paramount. Kokugikan dans l'est de Edo (Tokyo) immortalized by Kunisato Utagawa's exquisite woodcut showcases the grandeur and energy surrounding traditional Japanese sumo wrestling matches. Witnessing Sumo performed before Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyemasa through Toyonobu Utagawa's colorful woodcut allows us to glimpse into historical moments steeped in tradition and power dynamics. Shunsho Katsukawa's stunning portrait unveils the strength and beauty embodied by wrestler Kotozan as he dons his ritual apron (kesho-mawashi), showcasing both physical prowess and artistic expression.