Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Yue Sacred Mountain

Sacred Mountain Image Copyright J. Vaux 2011

This is the Seal Script form of one of my faovrite Chinese Words. YUE Sacred mountain.

The original form of the word centuries ago seems to have been something like #NGAK judging from its form on other dialects.

What intrigues me is the image. Two "dogs" or wolves. Are they howling or standing on the mountains' slopes and why is the sign for speech between them? I don't think wolves howl on the slopes of any of China's Sacred Mountains today or have for millenia. What's the story behind this if any?

I created this image by stripping the background out of a scan of the character then changing the colors and then using the Texture sfx in GIMP.