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Called Moxibustion (Zhuoai, lit. “burning moxa”, which refers to a Chinese traditional medical treatment used in conjunction with acupuncture), this work of calligraphy is a letter in running-regular script (xingkai) by Ouyang Xiu (1007–1072).
Ouyang Xiu is known by his courtesy name (zi) Yongshu and by his style names (hao) Zuiweng and Liuyi Jushi. His ancestral home was Luling (present-day Ji’an, Jiangxi Province). He was an author, statesman, historian, and epigraphist during the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127). When Su Shi (1037–1101) attended the imperial examinations in the capital in 1057 (the second year of the Jiayou reign, 1056–1063), Ouyang oversaw Su as his chief examination official and ranked him in second place. From that point forward, the two formed a master-pupil relationship.
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu