Chinese calligraphy is written Chinese characters as an art form, combining visually artistic aspects and the interpretation of the character’s literary meaning. This type of expression has been widely practiced in China and is held in high esteem across East Asia. Calligraphy is considered as one of the four famous traditional practices of ancient Chinese culture.
Calligraphy has also led to the development of many forms of art in China, including seal carving, ornate paperweights, and ink slabs.
The Four Treasures of the Study are the: writing brush, ink, paper and ink slab. This name originates from the period of the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420–589 AD).