Qin Guan's Ink Bamboo Song, first half 19th century

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Qin Guan (Shaoyou, 1049–c.1100) was a Chinese poet and author of this ode to bamboo, a plant that was respected by Chinese scholar-sages for bending but not breaking as well as its perseverance through winter.

Beian starts the scroll with the title written in clerical script and then continues with the text in cursive script—typical of how such scrolls were written in China. They were generally rendered with a wet brush, and the differences between the scripts are clearly apparent here: the title characters are in a square, evenly balanced form while the cursive characters show the rapid movement of the brush.

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Title
Qin Guan's Ink Bamboo Song
Artist Life
1779 - 1858
Role
Calligrapher
Accession Number
2013.63.18
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