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Kangli Naonao transcribed the essay Expelled Dragon (Zhelong shuo) written by Liu Zongyuan (773-819), the great thinker and literatus of the Tang dynasty (618-907). He gave it to Ye Yanzhong as a gift of friendship. The calligraphy shows his inheritance from the "Sage of Calligraphy" Wang Xizhi (ca. 303- ca. 361). The brush was skillfully wielded, generating smooth and round strokes the varied thickness of which clearly indicates changes in pressure. It is considered a mature work.
Kangli Naonao was a member of the nomadic Kangli tribe in northwestern China. He was exposed to Han Chinese culture since childhood and became one of the famous calligraphers of non-Han identity.