Sun Guoting

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Part of the Treatise on Calligraphy

Sun Guoting (simplified Chinese: 孙过庭; traditional Chinese: 孫過庭) (646–691) or Sun Qianli (孫虔禮),[1] was a Chinese calligrapher of the early Tang Dynasty, remembered for his cursive calligraphy and his Shu Pu (書譜, "A Narrative on Calligraphy" or "Treatise on Calligraphy " (ca. 687)). The work was the first important theoretical work on Chinese calligraphy, and has remained important ever since, though only its preface survived; the preface is the only surviving calligraphic work of Sun, therefore it is responsible for both Sun's reputation as an artist and as a theorist. The original handscroll can be seen at the National Palace Museum, in Taipei, Taiwan, and on its web site.


  1. ^ One cannot be sure whether Guoting was his name and Qianli his courtesy name, or the other way round.


  • Two Chinese Treatises on Calligraphy: Treatise on Calligraphy (Shu pu) by Sun Qianli; Sequel to the "Treatise on Calligraphy" (Xu shu pu) by Jiang Kui; Yale University Press, 1995; ISBN 0-300-06118-8.
  • Zhu, Guantian, "Sun Guoting". Encyclopedia of China, 1st ed.

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