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11th century scroll could be a counterfeit

11th century scroll could be a counterfeit

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A 11th century calligraphy scroll that was reportedly sold for 438 million yuan could be counterfeit.

The scroll supposedly made by the artist Huang Tingjian in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) a famous and influential calligrapher, was sold by Poly International Auction to a buyer in Beijing. The scroll titled “Di Zhu Ming” was believed to be brushed around 1095 and it is a copy of a 600 word prose of Wei Zheng a famed chancellor who lived from 580 to 643 in the Tang Dynasty.  The scroll adorned with Huang’s portrait and inscriptions of several dynasties ranging from Song Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Huang was a master for sizing and spacing of his character and fluid style. Calligraphers generally kept to recognized styles, keeping their character in regular shapes, but Huang broke from tradition with brush strokes that flow almost with a flourish. The scroll was kept in the Yurikan Museum in Japan for decades before it was bought by a collector in Taiwan.

The Scroll is considered a counterfeit during the reign of Emperor Qianlong because of its difference from other works of Huang regarding in content and style. Researchers invited by the Auction house appraised the scroll said it was genuine. But some collectors are not convinced of its authenticity. Claiming that if the piece was authentic the Yurikan Museum would never sell it. Also stated that an authentic  “Di Zhu Ming” should have traces of ash, according to historical records that the scroll was damaged in a fire and the auctioned scroll was sold intact.



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