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Calligraphy about the fame of Wang Xianzhi

  • Description

    This calligraphy tells a story about the response of Wang Xianzhi 王獻之 (AD 344-386) to his fame. It appears opposite a painting of the famous calligrapher [EA2000.156.f], depicted trimming his brush in front of a scholar’s desk, preparing to perform calligraphy. Next to him is an antique bronze vessel.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChinaJiangsu province Nanjing (place of creation)
    Xu Lele (born 1955) (calligrapher)
    Associated people
    Wang Xianzhi (AD 344 - 386) (subject)
    Material and technique
    ink on paper
    page 50.5 x 38 cm (height x width)
    calligraphy 37.1 x 32 cm (height x width)
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    Presented in honour of Dr Angelita Trinidad and the late Jose Mauricio Reyes to celebrate the opening of the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery of Chinese Painting, 2000.
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    • Ground floor | Room 10 | China to 800

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