Calligraphic Wristrest, c. 1825 wristrest (poem 1732)



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Made from pale bamboo, this wristrest is engraved with a tz'u poem about travels on the Yangtze in the energetic style that made Cheng Hsieh's "grass script" famous. Cheng was an outstanding artist. He was a painter and calligrapher as well as one of the great seal-carvers of Ch'ing. He gained his chin-shih degree in 1736, served as a district magistrate in Shantung until 1753 and is well-known as one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangchou.

As a painter Cheng specialized in orchids, bamboo, and rocks in ink. Cheng's art name, Feng-tzu means "madman" and as a calligrapher he invented his own style which is generally called, li-ts'ao or "running official style." It is this exuberant form of script that is shown in this brushrest made around a hundred years after Cheng wrote his poem.

Calligraphic Wristrest
Artist Life
1693 - 1765
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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