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Top 10 Semi-Cursive Script (Running Script) of Chinese Calligraphy History - No 1. The Orchid Pavilion, Wang Xizhi,353AD

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Top 10 Semi-Cursive Script (Running Script) of Chinese Calligraphy History
No 1. The Orchid Pavilion, Wang Xizhi,353AD
No.2 The Wecere Bithe for Nephew, Yan Zhenqin
No 3.The Huangzhou Han shi Poem Roll, Su Shi, 1083 AD
No 4.Buo Yuan Roll, Wang Xun,350-401 AD
No 5. Chives flower Roll, Yang Ningshi, 873 - 954 AD
No 6.Men Zhao Roll, Liu Gongquan, 821AD
No 7. Zhang Han Si Lu Roll, Ou Yangxun,557~641 AD
No 8. Shusu Roll, Mi Fei, 1088 AD
No 9. Song Feng Ge Poem Roll, Huang Tingjian,1102 AD
No 10. Tu Mu Roll, Li Jianzhong, 945- 1013 AD
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No 1. The Orchid Pavilion, Wang Xizhi, 353 AD",王羲之《蘭亭序》

The Orchid Pavilion (Lantingji Xu) (simplified Chinese: 兰亭集序; traditional Chinese: 蘭亭集序; pinyin: Lántíngjí Xù; Wade–Giles: Lant'ingchi Hsü; literally "Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion") or Lanting Xu (蘭亭序) is the most famous work of calligraphy by Wang Xizhi, composed in year 353. Written in semi-cursive script, it is the most well-known and well-copied piece ever. It describes a gathering of 42 literati including Xie An and Sun Chuo (孙绰) at the Orchid Pavilion near Shaoxing, Zhejiang, during the Spring Purification Festival to compose poems and enjoy the wine. The gentlemen had engaged in a drinking contest: wine cups were floated down a small winding creek as the men sat along its banks; whenever a cup stopped, the man closest to the cup was required to empty it and write a poem. In the end, twenty-six of the participants composed thirty-seven poems.

The preface consists of 324 Chinese characters in 28 lines. The character zhi (之) appears 20 times, but no two look the same. It is also a celebrated work of literature, flowing rhythmically and giving rise to several Chinese idioms. It is a piece of improvisation, as can be seen from the revisions in the text.

 No 1. The Orchid Pavilion, Wang Xizhi, 353 AD




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