first of two albums; tan silk covered cardboard covers; inside of front cover has abstracted foliage imagery with gold leaf; double-sided pages of calligraphy with four characters per page; primarily bold characters; four pages near front of scroll with characters made of very thin lines

Model Book of the "Thousand Character Classic", pt. 1, second half 17th century

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The scholar Zhou Xingsi (470–521) is the author of the Thousand Character Classic (Qianziwen), a text used as a primer for schoolchildren learning Chinese characters. Each one of the thousand characters is used only once. The artist Shizuma created this teaching book by beginning the first volume with a double-page of elements that recur frequently in calligraphy. The characters are at first clearly defined and nicely proportioned—adequate for an instructive book. Later, however, he moves away from standard script to using wriggling lines and finally seal script.

Details
Title
Model Book of the "Thousand Character Classic", pt. 1
Artist Life
1619 - 1695
Role
Calligrapher
Accession Number
2013.63.11.1
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first of two albums; tan silk covered cardboard covers; inside of front cover has abstracted foliage imagery with gold leaf; double-sided pages of calligraphy with four characters per page; primarily bold characters; four pages near front of scroll with characters made of very thin lines