A Brief Discussion of the Writing Characteristics in the Transition from Seal Script to Clerical Script


  • Jinlei Wang




Bamboo slips handwriting, Seal script transformation, Writing.


In this paper, we analyze the process of seal script clerical transformation through time, and summarize four characteristics of the process of seal script clerical transformation: turning curves into straightness; turning turns into folds, changing horizontal and vertical strokes, changing the direction of strokes, and the creation of " wave limb".


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22 May 2023

How to Cite

Wang, J. (2023). A Brief Discussion of the Writing Characteristics in the Transition from Seal Script to Clerical Script. International Journal of Education and Humanities, 8(3), 171–173. https://doi.org/10.54097/ijeh.v8i3.8669