Calligraphic Rubbings of Jiangzhou


Jiang tie (Calligraphic rubbings of Jiangzhou) is an anthology of calligraphic rubbings, in 20 juan. The rubbings were made by Pan Shidan, a Song official in Jiangzhou, thus the title carries the name of the location. Pan was active during the reigns of Huangyou and Jiayou (1049−63) of the Northern Song. This is the earliest example of an anthology of calligraphic rubbings by a private person. The compilation was based on Chunha ge tie (The Chunhuage calligraphic rubbings), the oldest imperial anthology of calligraphic rubbings, but with additions and deletions. This work is grouped within the Chunhuage calligraphic rubbings system. The original 20 juan were arranged in two sets of ten juan each. Out of the first ten juan, juan one contains works by ancient calligraphers; juan two−juan five are works of famous officials in past dynasties; juan six−juan seven contain the calligraphic works of Wang Xizhi (303−61); and juan eight−juan ten contain the works of Wang Xianzhi (344−86). Out of the second ten juan, juan one consists of calligraphy of the Song emperors; juan two has works of emperors in past dynasties; juan three−juan six, again, are works of Wang Xizhi; juan seven−juan eight are works of renowned officials in past dynasties; juan nine contains calligraphic works from the Tang dynasty; and juan ten contains the calligraphic works of the Tang and Song dynasties. This work was a copy from the public treasury, of which only four juan remain. The ink is strong and the rubbings were repaired and bound during the Song dynasty. The National Library of China owns juan three−juan four in the first set and juan one−juan two in the second set, in two volumes (one for each set). Presented here are juan one and juan two in the second set.

Last updated: July 31, 2014