Calligraphy couplet

 
Artist
Dynasty
Qing dynasty
Materials
ink on gold-flecked paper
Dimensions
84 x 18 in. (overall)
Credit line
Gift of Merrill Grayson M.D.
Accession number
2004.69B
Collection
Not Currently On View

書法對聯

敬以脩身儉以養德; 樂為適性詩為陶情
梅花溪錢泳

Reverence edifies personality and thrift cultivates virtue.
Music disciplines character and poetry molds temperament.

[tr. based on Marshall Wu]

This "clerical script" style reached a high point during the Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE. It developed from an earlier script that had strokes of even widths and rounded corners. Clerical script has angled corners and flaring strokes, allowing more expressive writing. The script fell out of favor after the Han. Later writers used it because of its antiquity and the drama it could achieve with lines of varying width, especially the diagonal strokes.

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