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Period: Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Medium: paper on ink
Format: album leaf

Calligrapher(s): Lü Dafang (1027–1097)

Dimensions: 27.4 cm × 44.5 cm

This work of exemplary running-regular script (xingkai) calligraphy is a letter written by Lü Dafang (1027–1097) to Zhang Jie (courtesy name Zhifu, 1027–1102). The content reveals it was written while Zhang Jie was in Qingzhou and when Lü was sixty years old (in sui). The strokes of the characters are orderly, and the use of ink generous. With a flowing brush technique, the work is an achievement of the artist’s later years.

From Lantian in Jingzhao (present-day Shaanxi), Lü Dafang was also known by his courtesy name (zi) Weizhong. In his public life, he achieved the preeminent rank of the Department of State Affairs vice-director of the left while concurrently serving as vice-director of the Chancellery. Additionally, he was appointed as the duke of Ji. Su Shi (1037–1101) served as an official during Lü’s official tenure.

Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu

 

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