Calligraphy in oracle-bone script

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

Hanging scroll

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

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


[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


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
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