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Copybooks for Chinese calligraphy

 PenmanPrice
Regular script
Huangfu Dan
Preface to sacred sutra
The Ministers
Temple of Nun Ma
Mystery Pagoda
Wanan Bridge
Statue of Buddha by Yang Dayan
Zhang Xuan stele
Ouyang Xun
Chu Suiliang
Zhang Xu
Yan Zhenqing
Liu Gongquan
Cai Xiang
 
 
44.05
28.20
34.50
24.20
22.00
45.00
28.20
23.50
Clerical script
Yi Ying Stele
Ritual Implements
Cao Quan Stele
  30.00
26.25
34.00
Cursive script
Thousand Characters Zhi Yong 24.00
31.00
Semi-cursive script
Orchid Pavilion
Two Poems
Wang Xizhi
Huang Tingjian
29.00
26.00

Huangfu Dan stele

Penman
Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
Ouyang Xun (557 - 641)
57
100 lb
paperback
7 1/4 x 13 in.
3/4 in. original
RA053
$ 44.05

This work was by Ouyang Xun, who stood for fully developed regular script. His brushwork was easy and precise, and his expression was graceful and earnest.


Preface to sacred sutra

Penman
Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension
Character
ID
Price
Chu Suiliang (596 - 658)
78
80 lb
paperback
7 x 11 in.
1 1/2 in. original
RA055
$ 28.20

The ministers

Penman
Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
Zhang Xu
14
80 lb glossy
paperback
8 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.
1 1/4 in.
RA057
$ 34.50

What behind Zhang Xu's wild cursive expression was his great attainment in regular script.


Temple of Nun Ma

Penman
Page
Paper
Binding
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Character
ID
Price
Yan Zhenqing (709 - 785)
61
80 lb
paperback
7 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.
1 1/2 in. original
RA059
$ 24.20

Yan is the only figure comparable to Wang Xizhi for his regular script which was frequently cited the best example in the Tang. This work was written in his mature style.


Mystery pagoda

Penman
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Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
Liu Gongquan (778 - 865)
70
80 lb
paperback
7 x 11 in.
1 1/2 in. original
RA060
$ 22.00

Liu Gongquan was celebrated for his regular style. His strokes are easy to understand, but the accuracy is hard to achieve. This inscription, recording the life of a Buddhist monk, was his signature work.


Wanan Bridge

Penman
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Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
Cai Xiang (1012 - 1067)
77
100 lb glossy
paperback
8 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.
5 in. original
RA062
$ 45.00

Cai Xiang was one of Four Song Masters. His regular characters are gentle and peaceful with a beautifully elegant expression.


Statue of Buddha by Yang Dayan

Penman
Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
unknown
13
100 lb glossy
paperback
8 x 12 in.
1 in. original
RA069
$ 28.20

This rubbing is from Dragon Gate Grottoes, where owns about 3,000 stone inscriptions. The brush strokes are square-ended, and characters are well-balanced.


Zhang Xuan stele

Penman
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Paper
Binding
Dimension
Character
ID
Price
unknown
12
100 lb glossy
paperback
8 x 12 in.
3/4 in. original
RA071
$ 23.50

This stele employed both seal and clerical script techniques with great antiquity.


Clerical script

Yi Ying stele

Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension
Character
ID
Price
41
80 lb
paperback
7 x 11 in.
1 3/4 in. original
RA078
$ 30.00

The strokes are moderate with easy composition.


Ritual Implements

Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
61
80 lb
paperback
7 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.
1 1/2 in. original
RA079
$ 26.25

This inscription recorded an event of renovation of the Confucius Temple and the making of temple ritual implements. The handwriting was frequently quoted the best clerical script ever.


Cao Quan stele

Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
36
100 lb glossy
paperback
8 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.
1 1/2 in. original
RA087
$ 34.00

This inscription is typically clerical. The characters are flat in the shape of turtle shell; the right-falling strokes were ended in the shape of swallow tail.


Cursive script

Thousand characters

Penman
Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
Zhi Yong ( - )
46
80 lb
paperback
8 x 11 in.
1 in. original
RA093
$ 31.00

Thousand characters was an ancient children's primer. The rubbing in this book is from a 1109 stone inscription by Zhi Yong, a Buddhist monk who was skilled in cursive script, and the seventh-generation descendent of Wang Xizhi.


Semi-cursive script

Preface to the Poems Composed at Orchid Pavilion

Penman
Page
Paper
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
Wang Xizhi (303 - 361)
34
80 lb
8 x 12 in.
1 in. original
RA101
$ 29.00

This work is Wang's most renowned writing, a preface of a collection of poems by his circle of friends.


Two Poems

Penman
Page
Paper
Binding
Dimension  
Character
ID
Price
Huang Tingjian (1045 - 1105)
6-fold hand scroll
80 lb
paperback
6 3/4 x 11 in.
2 1/2 in. original
RA107
$ 26.00

This copybook consists of two Buddhist discipline poems by different poets - Master Hanshan, a legendary vernacular verse writer, and Pang Yun, a lay Buddhist.


The training of brush writing, like any other form of art, starts from the discipline - the copybooks. Regular script used to be the first style to begin with; however, clerical script, from which regular script evolved, has been reasoned for the order since the 19th century. Cursive script is generally lined behind.

There are two methods to make copies - tracing the characters through a sized rice paper or comparing to the model while write by imitation. While the former helps in stroke placement, the latter emphasizes on brushwork. The key to success is finding stroke pattern in a particular model. It may take a beginner more than two year to have a good grip of a certain style. “A hundred days effort will not yield result,” as an ancient saying goes.

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