Yan Zhenqing's earliest calligraphy work-"Guo Xuji Epitaph":

On June 07, 2001, Xinhua News Agency reported a piece of news: Archaeologists in Yanshi, Henan Province recently discovered a famousThe epitaph of Guo Xuji written and written by calligrapher Yan Zhenqing. According to relevant expert identification, this is the earliest Yan Zhenqing found in my country.Calligraphic artwork.

This epitaph is made of bluestone, 104.8 cm long, 106 cm wide, and 16 cm thick. The seal script on the top of the cover reads "The Epitaph of Guo Gong, the Prince Taishi, presented by the Minister of the Ministry of Industry of the Tang Dynasty", and the four sides are engraved with auspicious animals and patterns. Zhiwen regular script, 35 lines, 34 characters in a full line, 1150 characters in total, with shallow line boundaries, dignified and neat fonts, and very fine engraving.

This epitaph is inThe role in the history of calligraphy research is particularly important. The remnant stele of "Confucius Temple" and "Duobao Pagoda Stele" are the early works of the Yan family discovered in the past.A calligraphy work (written in 762 AD), this epitaph was written in the eighth year of Tianbao (749 AD), which is earlier than the above two works in time. Yan Zhenqing was 41 years old at the time, and herCalligraphy art has a very strong foundation.

The epitaphs are regular and unified, with strict character structure and vigorous brushwork. Compared with the earliest photocopy of the rubbings of the Duobao Pagoda Stele in the Northern Song Dynasty, it maintains the original style and appearance of Yan's regular script.Calligraphy is a valuable resource.

According to experts, this epitaph supplements some deficiencies in Tang history, and indirectly reflects the major events that occurred between the Tang Dynasty and Tubo at that time, as well as a part of the real situation of history, which is of certain value to historical research. Now this epitaph is treasured in Yanshi Shangcheng Museum.