Luo Zhenyu (1866-1940)
Lot 3000
Xiping Shijing (175 c.e.), inscribed by Luo Zhenyu (1866-1940) Rubbings with calligraphic inscriptions
Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
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Xiping Shijing (175 c.e.), inscribed by Luo Zhenyu (1866-1940)
Rubbings with calligraphic inscriptions
A set of four hanging scrolls, each a rubbing fragment of the Han Dynasty Xiping Stone Classics, ink on paper, each extensively colophoned by Luo Zhenyu and signed Songweng Yu, followed by seals of the artist reading Zhenyu zhiyin, Luo Zhenyu yin, WenXue Sicong, chen Yu zhiyin, and Shuyan, with a collector's seal on each rubbing reading Lv Shi Tang Suocang Han Xiping Shi Zi and one seal on the mounting reading Songweng Jiancang.
42 x 10 1/2in (106 x 26.7cm), each scroll

Footnotes

  • 羅振玉 石拓本 水墨紙本 四立軸

    Taken from fragments of stone stelae, these rubbings capture the pinnacle of Han Dynasty clerical script. The inscriptions for the original stelae was written by the most celebrated calligraphers of the era, commissioned by the Han Emperor Lingdi in the second century, to write the Confucian texts which were then carved into massive stone monuments and publicly displayed outside the imperial academy in the Han capital Luoyang. The project took nine years, and was completed in the the year 175, the fourth year of the Xiping reign, and thus the tablets became known as the Xiping Shijing (The Stone Classics of Xiping). Lost in the turmoil following the fall of the Han, fragments from these stelae began to reappear in the 18th and 19th centuries when scholars inspired by the epigraphy movement sought examples of early script forms. These rubbings are not only inscribed with commentary by Luo Zhenyu, but they were also an important part of his collection, and proudly bearing his collector seals, with one seal especially made for use on these treasured fragments of early calligraphy.

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