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


Heru Tie

Heru Tie 何如帖


Fengju Tie

Fengju Tie 奉橘帖