Calligraphy in oracle-bone script

Maker(s)
Artist: Dong Zuobin (1895-1963)
Historical period(s)
Modern period, 1953
Medium
Ink on paper with silk backing
Dimensions
H x W: 72.5 x 23.7 cm (28 9/16 x 9 5/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Anonymous gift in honor of Kent H. and Scott N. Redford
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2001.26
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Calligraphy
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
China, Modern period (1912 - present), oracle-bone script
Provenance

From the mid-1950s to 2001
Private collector, acquired in the mid-1950s [1]

From 2001
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by a private collector in 2001

Notes:

[1] The donor acquired this object while he was working in the American Embassy [Taipei] in the mid-1950s (according to Provenance Remark 1, Joseph Chang, June 12, 2001, in the object record. All three works of calligraphy [S2001.26, S2001.27.1-2, S2001.28] given by the donor were created either for him or for his family members (see Curatorial Remark 1, Joseph Chang, June 12, 2001).

Previous Owner(s)

Ralph Hubbard Redford 1916-2013

Label

Dong Zuobin was one of the leading Chinese scholars who participated in official excavations at Anyang, Henan province, the site of the last capital of the Shang dynasty (circa 1600–circa 1046 BCE). He devoted most of his career to studying oracle-bone inscriptions.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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