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Chunhuage tie shiwen 淳化閣帖釋文


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(Qinding chongke) Chunhuage tie shiwen (欽定重刻)淳化閣帖釋文 "(Imperially Endorsed Reprint of the) Explanations to the Texts of the Model Calligraphies of the Chunhua Hall", also called (Qinding jiaozheng) Chunhuage tie shiwen 欽定校正淳化閣帖釋文 "Revised Reprint...", is a critical description on the Song period 宋 (960-1279) model calligraphies stored in the Chunhua Hall (see Chunhua fatie 淳化法帖). The 10 juan "scrolls" long book was compiled on imperial order under the supervision of Ji Yun 紀昀 and was finished in 1769. It describes the model calligraphies that the imperial court in 993 presented to the collector Bi Shi'an 畢士安, and that he stored in his library (閣帖 "library model boards"). The compilers had to search for all reproductions and descriptions of these models and critically revised them. The most important treatises concerned with the Chunhua models had been written by Liu Cizhuang 劉次莊 (Fatie shiwen 法帖釋文), Huang Bosi 黃伯思, Jiang Kui 姜夔, Shi Su 施宿, Gu Congyi 顧從義 and Wang Shu 王澍 (Chunhamige fatie kaozheng 淳化祕閣法帖考正). The models were written in different calligraphic styles, ranging from large seal script to grass script. The compilers of the Chunhuage tie shiwen "translated" the text into standard script and discussed the correctness of the writing styles. In 1778 Vice Minister (shilang 侍郎) Jin Jian 金簡 produced a stone version of the Chunhuage models that was placed in the Inner Palace. The calligraphies themselves are not included in the book. The book is included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 1507.

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