Lu Chien-chih (seventh century) was a native of Wu-hsien (Soochow). He was the nephew
of Yu Shih-nan, and is counted as one of the Four Great Calligraphers of the early T'ang
dynasty along with Yu Shih-nan, Ou-yang Hsun and Ch'u Sui-liang. This work, which is a
transcription of the famous theory on prose by Lu Chi also included in Wen-hsuen, an
anthology of ancient belles-lettres, shows a faithful transmission of Wang Hsi-chih's
calligraphy style. The inscriptions by Yuan and Ming dynasty masters enhance the grandeur
of the work, which is an invaluable extant example of T'ang dynasty calligraphy.
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