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Fatie puxi 法帖譜系

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Fatie puxi 法帖譜系 "Genealogy of Model Calligraphies" is a book on model calligraphy compiled by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Cao Shimian 曹士冕, courtesy name Cao Duanke 曹端可, style Taozhai 陶齋. He came from Duchang 都昌, Jiangxi, and was a prefecture-level official in the very late years of the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279). The 2 juan "scrolls" long book is a kind of genealogic tree of copies of model calligraphies, beginning with the Chunhua fatie 淳化法帖 and the Erwangfu tie 二王府帖 and ending with the Luling Xiaoshi ben 廬陵肖氏本 (Master Xiao's version from Luling) in the first part, and beginning with the Jiangben jiutie 絳本舊帖 (old boards from the Jiangzhou version) in the second part, ending with Muben qian shi juan 木本前十卷 (First ten scrolls of the wooden-board version). The whole descriptive list includes 36 copies of the model calligraphies of the early Song period, mainly the Chunhuage models and the Jiangtie models. The text describes the history and quality of each copy. The Fatie puxi is praised in the Shushi huiyao 書史會要 as a very important contribution to the history of calligraphy. Most model calligraphies were written on wooden boards that could easily be copied by rubbing with ink tampons. The Fatie puxi was finished in 1245 and is to be found in the imperial reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and Congshu jicheng 叢書集成.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 1503.

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