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A God’s Chosen Epigrapher -Personal Exhibition of the Renowned Specialist in Epigraphy Chen Jieqi

Keywords: Qing Dynasty, stone scientist, Chen Jieqi

Chen Jieqi (1813-1884), born in Weixian County of Shandong Province, was a prestigious epigraphist and a collector of various bells, cauldrons, and sacrificial vessels in Qing Dynasty. In 1852, Mr. Chen invested a big sum of money in buying the national treasure Mao Kung Tripod, a 2,800-year-old ritual bronze vessel, and wrote historical accounts about it. He became the first one who collected and recorded the history of the tripod.

Mr. Chen came from a well-educated family in Weixian. His father Chen Guanjun (1782-1849) held some key government positions during the Jiaqing and Daoguang era, and was granted the honor of being buried in the Temple of Eminent Statesmen after he died. Chen Jieqi received trainings from his father and was famous for his works in prose and verse at his early age; in 1845, he passed the highest imperial examination and was enrolled by the Imperial Academy; in 1854, he resigned the government post and went home for epigraphic collection and research. He ended up being a master in the science of epigraphy, and left an enduring legacy in the establishment and development of modern archaeology, historiography, paleography, and seal carving.

Displayed in the exhibition are over 60 artworks collected by Chen Jieqi, including exquisite stone rubbings, calligraphic works of different writing styles, valuable paintings and antique treasures from renowned epigraphers – all these not only embody his reputation as a leading figure in the science of epigraphy and his academic achievements in late Qing Dynasty, but reveal the origin of his family and the influence he imposed on the diversity of local cultural development.

Area: 500-1000㎡
Graded Objects: 65 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 01 Apr 2017--31 Mar 2019

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