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Words of Dongpo (Shu Dongpo yu) by Xi Gang (1746–1803) is a work of running-cursive (xing cao) calligraphy of an excerpt of Answering a Superior (Dayan shangren) by Su Shi (1037–1101, style name Dongpo Jushi), who wrote the essay during his official exile in Huangzhou to describe the scenery of the place as a personal expression. The words reflect Su’s unrestrained, openminded approach to life.
Xi Gang was known by his courtesy name (zi) Tiesheng and style names (hao) Mengquan Waishi and Xi Daoshi. Proficient in both calligraphy and painting, he worked as a seal engraver. He was a key figure in the Zhejiang school of seal engraving and was recognized—along with Ding Jing (1695–1765), Huang Yi (1744–1802), and Jiang Ren (1743–1795)—as one of the “Four Masters of Xiling”.
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu