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hilary

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Thanks, tacrab. These are rewarding to browse even for those of us who can't read the Chinese - we can still appreciate the pictures!
 

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Exactly! This gives you a vivid sense of what it's like to wear one, doesn't it? Being very strangely cut off from the rest of your own body. I'd always imagined them with hand-holes, like the stocks, but maybe that's a European version.
 

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Here's a great bunch of old Chinese books available digitized,
Thanks tacrab!

Among the many interesting things there, I've found a very fine book of images: https://www.wdl.org/en/item/301/ and, in that book, a set of symbols I had never seen.

Does anybody know if they represent or refer to something? Or are they just graphic elements?

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In the same book there is also this interesting image (page 121):

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Where the trigrams are in the King Wen order (oriented with the lowest line outwards).
It would have been wonderful to know what the text says ...
 
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Where the trigrams are in the King Wen order (oriented with the lowest line outwards).
I don't know what it says.

You may already know this, but this is the Houtian, or King Wen, or Later Heaven Bagua (trigram) circle. There is another thread here - Harmen on trigram circles - where Harmen Mesker talks about the age and origin of this circular arrangement, but not really what it means.
 

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This book is the Fang Family Book of Ink-cake 方氏墨譜。 16th century.
Perhaps could call it a pattern book. These are designs that would be embossed onto ink cake in mold.
 

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