Temple of Mount Taishan Inscriptions-part two
The Stele to Heng Fang was erected in the year 168 during the Eastern Han Dynasty at Guojialou, Wenshang County, and was moved to the Temple of Mount Taishan in 1953. It was engraved in official script. According to the Qing Dynasty calligrapher He Zhaoji, this tablet shows "an unbending manner in simple lines." It helped create the vigorous calligraphic style in Chinese history.
The Stele to Zhang Qian was erected in 186 during the Eastern Han Dynasty. It was excavated in Dong'e County during the Ming Dynasty, and moved to the Temple of Mount Taishan in 1965. From the Ming Dynasty on, calligraphers have been heaping high praise on it; as a masterpiece of Hart Dynasty official script calligraphy. This exquisitely carved tablet looks resplendent and varied, with simple yet elegant lines and powerful strokes. The origin of the elegant style in Chinese calligraphy, it established the calligraphic style for the future Wei and Jin dynasties.
The Stele to Heng Fang and the Stele to Zhang Qian are the two of the seven famous extant tablets of the Eastern Han Dynasty, and are regarded as models of Han steles. They attract calligraphy lovers from all parts of the country, as well as Japan and Korea, who often spend a whole day examining them. Though inscribed during the same dynasty, in the same region, and in the same calligraphic style, they are completely different in style, influencing Chinese calligraphy in different ways. Now, they are placed together, allowing detailed comparison, a hugely satisfying artistic experience for visitors.
The Stele to Mistress Sun, one of the three great steles of the Jin Dynasty, was erected in Xintai County in 272. It was moved to the Temple of Mount Taishan in 1965. Written in the current official script style, it combines both the elegance of official script and precision of the regular script, and is regarded by critics as the epitome of Jin Dynasty official script calligraphic style.
The Qizhou Shenbao Temple Stele, a representative work of the official script style of the Tang Dynasty, was carved in 736. The flat and square structure of the characters exhibits a powerful and elegant manner.