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Chunhua fatie 淳化法帖

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Chunhua fatie 淳化法帖, also known as Chunhuage fatie 淳化閣法帖 or Chunhuage tie 淳化閣帖 is a collection of model calligraphies produced by Wang Zhu 王著 on imperial order of Emperor Taizong 宋太宗 (r. 976-997) of the Song dynasty 宋 (960-1279). Wang Zhu, courtesy name Wang Ruwei 王如微, was a recorder (zhubu 主薄) of Longing 隆平, and was then promoted to court calligrapher in the office of the imperial clan (? taizong shishu 太宗侍書), and finally palace censor (dianzhong shiyushi 殿中侍御史). Emperor Taizong had bought a lot of ancient calligraphies that he wished to be copied on a less perishable material than paper, and therefore ordered Wang Zhu, an experienced calligrapher, to reproduced the best calligraphies in wooden boards (tie 帖) and in stone, so that they could serve as model calligraphies (fatie 法帖). They were also reproduced in the shape of a 10 juan "scrolls" long book. The book Chunhua fatie included calligraphies from oldest times to the most famous Tang 唐 (618-907) calligraphers, and also part of a Tang period book on the calligraphies of the Jin period 晉 (265-420) master Wang Xizhi 王羲之, the Hongwengguan tie 弘文館帖. Almost half of the book includes calligraphies of Wang Xizhi and his son Wang Xianzhi 王獻之. The Chunhua fatie includes 2,287 columns of calligraphic text, as well as a lot of detailed commentaries to the ancient masters' works. It served as a master for a lot of copies in later ages and was widely reproduced.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 2, p. 1826.

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