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Copy of Wang Xizhi calligraphy found in Japan

A rare copy of calligraphy by 4th century Chinese master calligrapher Wang Xizhi has been found in Japan and will be displayed at an upcoming exhibit at the Tokyo National Museum, museum officials said on Tuesday.

As none of Wang’s original work survives, the delicate copy, believed to have been created during the Tang Dynasty in the 7th to 8th century, is expected to serve as a key historic record for discovering the actual writing style of Wang, they said. After finding that an individual keeps the copy within Japan, Jun Tomita, a specialist in Chinese calligraphy from the Tokyo National Museum, has been analysing it since the fall. The work, written on a piece of paper 25.7 centimetres in length and 10.1 cm in width, is comprised of 24 characters spreading over 3 lines, and a part of it is believed to say, “I am tired every day. I am only living for you.”


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