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CHINA. WAN CHIEH (WAN JIE, FU ZI)
CHINESE PRINTING BLOCKS
CHINA. WAN CHIEH (WAN JIE, FU ZI) Calligraphic Hand carved Wooden Blocks for printing the final 2 boards, in an attractive part-cursive script,  for the account of a very high-ranking official, and the reasons why he chose to be buried at the present spot, signed by Wan Chieh, followed by his title 'Fu Tzu' (Fu Zi, 'Master' or 'Sage'), and the names and abodes of the four families responsible for the monument, namely Ch'eng of Shih Shui, Wu of Luo Feng, Wang of Cheng Yuan, and Ch'en of Lang Kung, each board has space for 10 x 6 characters (not all used on the second board), no centre fold,   19th century.
2 blocks single-sided 8 x 6 ins., some worming, with damage at a corner touching one character of each board.
The carver has skilfully followed the sweep of the cursive strokes. Wan Chieh is no doubt the Master's 'assumed name', as opposed to his real name, or again his courtesy name.
£265.00   

Stock ref: 11520




 
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