Loyalty - freehand variations

Non-calligraphic inscriptions on Maozhang were generally engraved with neat standard characters; but when the loyalty character (zhong) was placed in the reverse depression, it was rendered in a wide variety of "scripts".

loy 08 loy 01 loy 02 loy 04 loy 05 loy 06 loy 07 loy 17 loy 09 loy 10 loy 11 loy 16 loy 15 loy 13 loy 14 loy 12

Whether copied from other sources or the spontaneous creations of individual die engravers, this variety (and the  freedom of choice that can be inferred) represents a facet of Cultural Revolution culture seemingly at odds with the uniformity that conventionally characterises the period.