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Korean Charm Teaches Chinese

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Despite having invented the excellent phonetic writing system known as Hangul (한글) in 1443, Korea continued to use Chinese inscriptions on its coins until the early 20th Century. These inscriptions were written in a calligraphic style known as “regular script” (楷書). Old Korean charms also had their inscriptions written in the same style of Chinese [...]


Old Korean Charm

Old Korean Charm

Korean charms are much scarcer and frequently much more elaborate than Chinese charms. A visitor to my website recently asked if I could provide any information on this old charm which was purchased in Shanghai in the 1930’s. This is a traditional Korean charm fully embellished with tassels, ribbons and old Korean coins.   This [...]