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Kesi tapestry of calligraphy by Dong Qichang, copying letters from the Four Masters of the Northern Song

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June 13, 1984, sale, Sotheby's, New York, lot 14, to a Hong Kong collector; 1997, sold by the Hong Kong collector to Stephen McGuiness, Plum Blossom Gallery, New York; 1998, sold by Stephen McGuiness to Linda Wrigglesworth Ltd, London; sold by Linda Wrigglesworth to Mrs. Amy S. Clague, Phoenix, Arizona; 2005, sold by Mrs. Amy S. Clague to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

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Charles Bain Hoyt Fund

Chinese, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 1735–96


29.5 x 289.5 cm (11 5/8 x 114 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Dyed blue-black and undyed silk yarns in weft-faced tabby-weave fabric utilizing the kesi tapestry technique to create calligraphy.