The caoshu (cursive script) calligraphy piece Ping’an Tie (Safety Wish Script), by Wang Xizhi, a renowned calligrapher of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420), was recognized as a most valuable master piece, once praised by Emperor Qianlong and had been owned by many famous collectors in history.

Wang Xizhi, who lived in the Jin Dynasty around the 4th century, is traditionally acclaimed as the Sage of Calligraphy. However, none of his original works exist, making this cursive script, named Ping’an Tie especially rare for its high quality copy. Although it was impossible to find out the exact year it was created, archaeologists believe the scroll came out in the Tang Dynasty or even earlier.

The scroll consists of three Wang Xizhi’s different arworks which were mounted together. The first work on the right side of the scroll is Pingan Tie (平安帖)which includes four lines charaters in both running and cursive script . The next work in the middle of the scroll is Heru Tie (何如帖)which contains three lines of characters in running script. The last arworks on the left is Fengju Tie(奉橘帖)which includes two lines of characters in running script.

Pingan Tie

Pingan Tie 平安帖

释文:此粗平安修载来十余口口人近集存想明日归复悉口口由同增慨。

Heru Tie

Heru Tie 何如帖

释文:羲之白不审尊体比复何如迟复奉告羲之中冷无赖寻复白羲之白。

Fengju Tie

Fengju Tie 奉橘帖

释文:奉橘三百枚霜未降未可多得。