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Chinese Calligraphy: Calligraphy of the Sui and Tang Dynasties: The World of Rubbings

"Chinese Calligraphy: Calligraphy of the Sui and Tang Dynasties: The World of Rubbings"

Toyokan Room 8  April 25, 2017 (Tue) - June 25, 2017 (Sun)

  
Yanta Pagoda Steles, By Chu Suiliang, Steles: Tang dynasty, dated 653 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)

The elegance of the Southern dynasties and the strictness of the Northern dynasties integrated into a balanced regular script of the Sui dynasty. While inheriting this tradition, Tang-dynasty calligraphy developed dramatically by incorporating innovative styles. Early Tang-dynasty calligraphers such as Yu Shinan, Ouyang Xun, and Chu Suiliang completed styles of organized and bold regular script, and Yan Zhenqing created a vigorous style with a unique touch. This exhibition overviews the integration of styles of the Southern and Northern dynasties, as well as works by the so-called Four Great Calligraphers of Tang.

Current exhibit includes:
Stele, Jiu Cheng Gong Li Quan, By Ouyang Xun, Stele dated Tang dynasty, dated 632 (Private collection)
Yanta Pagoda Steles, By Chu Suiliang, Steles: Tang dynasty, dated 653 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Stele of Pagoda at Qianfusi Temple, By Yan Zhenqing, Tang dynasty, dated 752 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Epitaph for Lady Dong, Sui dynasty, dated 597        
Epitaph for Lord Longshan, Sui dynasty, dated 600