SUMMARY | PHOTO GALLERY | NEXT PICTURE | PREVIOUS PICTURE | | LEXICON

ARCHITECTURE & ICONOGRAPHY

  

 

 

  pictograph of wang (king)

 

China

The Chinese character wang consists of three horizontal strokes and one vertical. It is a pictograph in which the top horizontal stroke represents ‘heaven’, the bottom stroke ‘earth’ and the middle stroke the ‘emperor’ or ‘king’, as the liaison between heaven and earth, a task symbolized by the vertical stroke.