||Huang T'ing-chien (1045-1105) was a native of Fen-ning,
Kiangsi province. His style name was Lu-chih. His sobriquets were Shan-ku tao-jen and
Fu-weng. He was a follower of Su Shih, and excelled in poetry, prose, calligraphy and
painting. However, he became a victim of a political dispute and died in exile in I-chou.
He is one of the Four Great Masters of Sung calligraphy. This work is an inscription of
the poem exhorting good and admonishing evil by the legendary T'ang dynasty Buddhist sage
Han-shan and that extolling the virtues of the Buddha by the unique hermit P'ang Yun.
It is T'ing-chien masterpiece produced in his later years, which indicates the magnanimity
of his touches as well as the temperament of his superb spirit and abnegation of worldly
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