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Title

couplet in seal script

early 20th century

Artist

Gui Zhi

China

late 19th century – early 20th century

Alternate image of couplet in seal script by Gui Zhi
Alternate image of couplet in seal script by Gui Zhi
  • Details

    Places where the work was made
    China
    Hong Kong
    Date
    early 20th century
    Media category
    Calligraphy
    Materials used
    ink on paper
    Dimensions

    a - right panel, 126 x 21.2 cm, image

    a - right panel, 131.8 x 32.5 cm, overall

    b - left panel, 126 x 21.2 cm, image

    b - left panel, 131.8 x 32.5 cm, overall

    Signature & date

    Signed c.l. part b, in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "Dong Yuan, Gui Zhi",
    Signed l.l. part b, in Chinese, stamped in red "Dong Yuan",
    Signed l.l, part b, in Chinese, stamped in red "Gui Zhi" [need to be confirmed once clear image is available]
    Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Helen Suk-yue Wheeler in memory of her parents Li Tung and Fung Ching-fai
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    181.2019.a-b
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Gui Zhi

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  • About

    This couple describes a romantic scene of tranquility by using phrases such as ‘qingfeng’ [cool wind], ‘youmeng’ [remote dream], ‘mingyue’[bright moon], which are all popular in classic Chinese poetry.

    The fourteen characters were written in “lesser seal” script. A typical feature of this script is the uniformity of size and shape of each character. The brush strokes are round and have a supple quality. The evenness demonstrates painstaking execution.

    Gui Zhi, GuiDian's brother, was born into a family of scholar-officials, which emphasized the traditional literati training of composing poems and prose, calligraphy and painting – the three perfections of Chinese art. Gui Zhi became a diplomat for the Republic of China in 1912, and served as consul and consul general in New Zealand, the Philippines, Borneo and Australia.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China