2015 No.4
Exhibition: The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Rubbings of Stone Engraving and Model Calligraphy, Art Museum
 

Since the 1970s, the Bei Shan Tang has donated about 2,090 ink rubbings to the Art Museum. This catalogue and exhibition feature seventy exquisite specimens from the collection, twenty of which are notable ink rubbings dating from the Song Dynasty, including such unique copies as the Eastern Han's Stele for Xia Cheng (once in the collection of Hua Xia's True Connoisseurship Studio, Zhenshangzhai), Wang Xizhi's works featured in the Quanzhou version of the Song-engraved Model Calligraphies from the Chunhua era (Chunhua ge tie, juan 6–8, once in the collection of Lu Gong) and the Song-carved Model Calligraphies of Yingguang Hall (Yingguangtang tie) of Mi Fu (once in the collection of Xu Weiren).

The fashion for collecting ink rubbings of stone engraving and model calligraphy marks a milestone in the spread of Beijing and Jiangnan literati culture to the Guangdong region. In the Bei Shan Tang collection, rubbings inherited from renowned Guangdong connoisseurs of the Qing Dynasty include the stele of Huashan Temple from the Eastern Han Dynasty (once in the collection of Li Wentian), Li Yong's Stele for Li Sixun of the Tang Dynasty (once in the collection of Wu Rongguang), the Song-engraved On the Seventeenth Day (Shiqi tie) of Wang Xizhi (once in the collection of Kong Guangtao) and the ten sets of Lanting Preface collected by the Southern Song Grand Councillor You Shi (?–1251) during the Lizong reign (1224–1264) (once in the collection of Pan Shicheng's Pavilion for Immortals of Sea and Hill, Haishan xianguan). This collection is of immense cultural significance to Guangdong and Hong Kong.

Selected exhibits are listed below.

The Stele of Huashan Temple
Clerical script
Eastern Han Dynasty, dated 165
Ink rubbing on paper, 11th–12th century
Album of 27 leaves, each 25 × 17.6 cm
Gift of Dr. Lee Jung Sen, Art Museum Collection, CUHK
1973.0678
The Stele for Xia Cheng
Clerical script
Eastern Han Dynasty, dated 170
Ink rubbing on paper, 11th–12th century
Album of 42 leaves, each 26.4 × 14.6 cm
Gift of Bei Shan Tang, Art Museum Collection, CUHK
1981.0126
Inscription on the Sweet Spring in the Jiucheng Palace
Calligraphy by Ouyang Xun (557–641)
Tang Dynasty, dated 632
Ink rubbing on paper, 12th century
Album of 36 leaves, each 28.3 × 13.3 cm
Gift of Bei Shan Tang, Art Museum Collection, CUHK
1992.0024
On the Seventeenth Day (Shiqi tie)
Text and calligraphy by Wang Xizhi
Cursive script
Recut of the prototype produced in Zhenguan era (627–649) of the Tang Dynasty
Ink rubbing on paper, 12th century
Album of 35 leaves, each 25.5 × 13 cm
Gift of Bei Shan Tang, Art Museum Collection, CUHK
1979.0018
Lanting Preface, Imperial Court version with the ling character topped by a shan radical (Yufu lingzicongshan ben) (No. 2)
Text and calligraphy by Wang Xizhi, Eastern Jin dynasty, dated 353
Freehand copy of Emperor Gaozong (r. 1127–1162) of the Southern Song Dynasty
Running script, ink rubbing on paper, 12th century
Album of 7 leaves, each 26.2 × 12.5 cm
Gift of Dr Lee Jung Sen, Art Museum Collection, CUHK
1973.0618
Lanting Preface, Imperial Court version (Yufu ben) (No. 5)
Text and calligraphy by Wang Xizhi, dated 353
Free hand copy of Emperor Gaozong (r. 1127–1162) of the Southern Song Dynasty
Running script, ink rubbing on paper, 12th century
Album of 7 leaves, each 25.8 × 12.6 cm
Gift of Dr Lee Jung Sen, Art Museum Collection, CUHK
1973.0619
Model Calligraphies from the Chunhua Era (Chunhua ge tie)
Quanzhou version, parts of juan 6–8
Text and calligraphy by Wang Xizhi
Running and cursive scripts
Recut of the prototype produced in 992
Ink rubbing on paper, 12th century
Album of 68 leaves, each 25 × 13.6 cm
Gift of Bei Shan Tang, Art Museum Collection, CUHK
1988.0033
Illustrated Scroll of the Lanting Gathering
Re-engraved by the Prince Yi,
posthumously named Ding, dated 1616
Ink rubbing on paper, dated 1616
Handscroll, 1545.6 × 33.2 cm
Gift of Bei Shan Tang, Art Museum, CUHK
1994.0063

Exhibition Periods :(First Rotation) 17 October 2015 – 29 November 2015
(Second Rotation) 7 December 2015 – 31 January 2016
Venue :Gallery I, Art Museum, ICS, CUHK
Opening Hours :Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays and public holidays 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Closed:Thursdays, New Year, Lunar New Year, Easter and Christmas Holidays
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