||Ou-yang Hsiu (1007-1072) was a native of Lu-ling, Kiangsi
province. His style name was Yung-shu, and his sobriquet was first Tsui-weng and later
Liu-i chu-shih. He studied various books and was unsurpassed in prose.
"Records on Collecting Antiques," whose extant manuscript is the four sheets of this
handscroll, is a pioneer literature on the study of Chinese ancient metal and stone
inscriptions. His calligraphy, following the style of Li Yung, is endowed with a scholarly
character and conveys well Ou-yang Hsiu's tempera ment which was gentle in appearance but
sturdy in spirit.
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