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Wang Xizhi's hobby: Rearing Geese

羲之爱鹅图

Wang Xizhi is particularly remembered for one of his hobbies – rearing geese. Legend has it that he learned the key of how to turn his wrist while writing by observing how the geese move their necks. 

羲之观鹅图

There is a very pretty small porcelain cup depicting Wang Xizhi "walking geese" in the China Gallery of the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. The other side of the cup depicts a scholar "taking a zither to a friend".

"Watching Geese from the Orchid Pavilion" by Qian Xuan (錢選, 1235-1305):




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