Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Scrolls off of stone

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Before we actually got to see the Terracota Warriors exhibit, we wandered around the China area of the museum. You have to book a time to get in - clearly a good plan, to protect the soldiers. These scrolls were incredible - original impressions off of carved stone steles, just beautiful in the precision and fluidity of the calligraphy. They don't allow this anymore - the imprints involve heavy chemicals, which cause damage to the stone. I have a few calligraphy books handed down from my grandfather, which were original imprints of the steles of YanZhenQing and LiuGongQuan, two of the grand masters of Chinese calligraphy. I've been meaning to photograph each book in its entirety, as the pages are becoming quite fragile. Soon.

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