Transcript of the Classic of Filial Piety
Jin Dynasty (265-420 A.D.)
Ink and Color on Paper
Written approximately in the 3rd century B.C., the Classic of Filial Piety has 18 chapters in total. The transcript, a fragment and the second half of the Classic of Filial Piety, was written in the Western Jin Dynasty. It is the earliest of all ancient transcripts of the Classic of Filial Piety known to man. Containing only a few interchangeable and variant characters, its text is largely consistent with the Commentaries and Explanations to the Thirteen Classics. Although the transcript has been slightly damaged, the ink on the paper still glows. The end of the transcript bears a colophon that indicates the name of the calligrapher and the date of completion. The style of its script is a mix of clerical script and regular script, with the technique of the strokes, such as heng (rightward horizontal stroke) and pie (a throw falling leftwards with slight curve), leaning towards that of clerical script. With sophistication, Zhang Jun successfully delivered the quality of rigorousness and quaintness in the art of calligraphy.