Figure 1 Publishing


Art + Design

Traces of Words

Art and Calligraphy from Asia

A fascinating study of word and art forms intrinsic to the cultural, social, and spiritual beliefs of Asia.

Writing, especially calligraphy, has been revered as an aesthetic form, and has played an important social and political role in diverse Asian traditions. Words, whether spoken, written, imagined, or visualized, are traces unique to humans.

Book Description

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia features a stunning selection of works representing a diverse array of cultures, eras, and media, including Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions, Qur’anic manu­scripts, Chinese calligraphy, graffiti art from Afghanistan, and contemporary artworks using Japanese calligraphy and Tibetan or Thai scripts. Through different materials—from paper to silk, woodblock to projected screen—these works in turn evoke the ephemeral and the eternal.



  • hardcover
  • 10 x 12 inches
  • 176 pages
  • 978-1-927958-90-2
  • $45