Postcard, Autobiography, Huaisu, Tang Dynasty

  • Product Code: 4718022737489
  • Size: 14.8 x 10 x 0.01 cm ±5%
  • Material: Paper
  • Weight: 5 g


Tags: Calligraphy


The monk Huaisu, originally going by the surname Qian and the style name Cangzhen, was a native of Changsha (or Lingling) in Hunan. Achieving renown in his hometown for cursive script, he later headed north to Chang’an, where famous people at the time presented poetry in admiration of his calligraphy. In the “dingsi” year of the Dali reign (corresponding to 777), he transcribed these verses of praise along with a preface by the master calligrapher Yan Zhenqing to compose this handscroll. Some of the lines here refer to natural phenomena or use exaggerated phrases to describe the beauty of Huaisu’s cursive script. Other passages praise him as an inheritor of the “wild and crazy” cursive script of Zhang Xu in his pursuit of unusual and unbridled qualities. The entire work was done with fine yet strong brushwork, the features continuous throughout for an unlimited range of unusual expressions, making this the ultimate in the art of cursive script.


The creativity of this item is inspired by National Palace Museum's collection, "Autobiography, Huaisu".
The picture has gone through high resolution image processing and professional color management, and been printed on the high-quality art paper to reproduce the original warm texture and delicate colors.
Each item comes with National Palace Museum's security label in order to confirm the product quality and authorization.

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