The Lanting Xu is the most famous work of calligraphy by Wang Xizhi, composed in year 353. Written in semi-cursive script, it is among the most well-known and well-copied pieces of calligraphy in Chinese history. It describes a gathering of 42 literati including Xie An and Sun Chuo at the Orchid Pavilion near Shaoxing, Zhejiang, during the Spring Purification Festival to compose poems and enjoy the wine. The gentlemen engaged in a drinking contest: wine cups were floated down a small winding creek as the men sat along its banks; whenever a cup stopped, the man closest to the cup was required to empty it and write a poem. In the end, twenty-six of the participants composed thirty-seven poems. The preface consists of 324 Chinese characters in 28 lines. The character zhi appears 20 times, but no two look the same. It is also a celebrated work of literature, flowing rhythmically and giving rise to several Chinese idioms. It is a piece of improvisation, as can be seen from the revisions in the text.
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Book Description Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House; 1 edition (Sep. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Language:Chinese.Author:BEN SHE.YI MING.Binding:Soft cover.Publisher:Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House; 1 edition (Sep. Bookseller Inventory # 642189