The discovery in Yin Ruins 殷墟, capital of the Shang Dynasty ( 商朝1558 b.C ~ 1046 b.C ) , was one of the greatest discovery in archeology in the world. Tortoise shells and animal bones were found and Oracle bone script ( 甲骨文Jia Gu Wen ) is the most surprising one. However, going along with the great development of excavating cultural relics in the past hundred years, there are more discoveries about the studies of oracular inscriptions and more extensive discussions about the usage of oracular inscriptions. Among these scholars of the Oracle bone script, Mr. Tung Tso-pin董作賓 made the most achievements of all.
Mr. Tung Tso-pin (1895-1963) was a great scholar notable for his work of discovering and studying oracle bones from Yinxu, Anyang. He was also widely known and appreciated for his calligraphy in oracle bone scripts. Served as the second director of the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica, Tung devoted himself wholeheartedly to the studies of oracle bones and Chinese archeology.
It was truly fortunate that the Institute of History and Philology has collected complete works of our beloved former director. The special exhibition held in Taiwan, showcases our complete collection of Tung Tso-pin’s work from this donation, through the exhibition, we have more understanding about the developments of Chinese characters and unavoidably we are astonished by the magnificence graphically from his work. Thanks to Mr. Tung Tso-pin for his life-time dedication and the contribution for archeology and linguistics.
中研院歷史語言研究所歷史文物陳列館 Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
Mr. Tung Tso-pin has also made attempts at using oracular inscriptions in seal engraving. Through his seal engraving, there should be more understanding about the various forms of oracle bone script and multiplicity of his seal engraving skills. Also, it may provide other artists some new inspiration and be contributed to the divulgation of Chinese cultural heritage.