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Pair Large Chinese Calligraphy Panels

Pair Large Chinese Calligraphy Panels


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1980: Item # 810505

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 $700.00 
Two panels of Chinese calligraphy convey an exotic and compelling vision: “In the amber light . . . hear the sound of drums and dance and fly like a bird.” Written in free-flowing cursive script, these late 20th century panels are mounted on grey silk appropriate for framing or scrolling. A fascinating window into Chinese history, calligraphy began with oracle bone script in the 11th and 12 centuries BC and progressed through various styles of script—seal, clerical, standard, and cursive. Among the many sub-categories that developed for cursive script was the calligraphy of a Tang scholar who’s love of wine produced a style known as “tipsy cursive,” which later became even less restrained and morphed into “wild cursive.” Whether these panels approach tipsy cursive is a matter for discussion. Calligraphy, of course, is a multi-layered art that goes beyond the style of the script and the message. In “A Manual of Calligraphy,” Sun Kuo-t’ing uses nature as a metaphor for calligraphy: “Heavy like piled up clouds, light like the wings of a cicada; lead the writing along and it flows like a stream, stop it and a mountain sits in majestic serenity.” Although we have been unable to decipher the identity of the calligrapher through the seals on this pair of panels, the work, with its strong graphic and poetic appeal, stands on its own. Both panels are the same size and are in excellent condition. Dimensions of each one including the silk mount: height 55” (140 cm), width 23 ½” (60 cm). Dimensions of paper: height 43” (109 cm), width 20” (51 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM