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Calligraphy Couplet

Qian Yong (Chinese, 1759-1844)


書法對聯

敬以脩身儉以養德; 樂為適性詩為陶情
梅花溪錢泳

Reverence edifies personality and thrift cultivates virtue.
Music disciplines character and poetry molds temperament.

[tr. based on Marshall Wu]

This "clerical script" style reached a high point during the Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE. It developed from an earlier script that had strokes of even widths and rounded corners. Clerical script has angled corners and flaring strokes, allowing more expressive writing. The script fell out of favor after the Han. Later writers used it because of its antiquity and the drama it could achieve with lines of varying width, especially the diagonal strokes.

Object Information

artist
Qian Yong (Chinese, 1759-1844)
dynasty
Qing dynasty
materials
ink on gold-flecked paper
dimensions
84 x 18 in. (overall)
accession number
2004.69B
credit line
Gift of Merrill Grayson M.D.
copyright
Public Domain
collection
colors