Chinese culture


The Four Treasures of The Study

The writing brush, ink-stick, paper & ink-slab have been traditionally regarded in China as "the Four Treasures for the Study". They have now had a history of more than 2,000 years. Paper was one of the four great inventions of ancient China. Cai Lun, who lived in the Eastern Han Dynasty (A.D. 25-200), improved the method of papermaking and produced paper of much better quality than before.
Of all the "four treasures for the study", Hu brush (produced originally in Huzhou, now the city of Wuxing, Zhejiang Province ), Hui inkstick (produced in the city of Hui-zhou, Anhui Province) and Duan inkslab (made from stone quarried in Duanxi area, Gaoyao County, Guangdong Province) are well-known for their high quality as top-grade writing materials which are indispensable for traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting.

Have you ever seen brushes, ink-sticks, or inkslabs? If not, you may want to visit the following website:



Calligraphy is an art dating back to the earliest day of history, and widely practiced throughout China to this day.

Let's enjoy some of the most valuable work of Chinese Calligraphy.

Wang Xi Zhi's calligraphy
Qing Gaozong's calligraphy
Emperor [Qing Gaozong]
Qing dynasty(1711-1799)
Wang Xi Zhi's calligraphy

Emperor [Song Huizong]
Sung Dynasty (1080-1135)
Song Huizong's calligrahy

Shima Guang

Shima Guang's calligraphy

Su Shi's calligraphy

(Calligraphy by Officials) Su Shi

Zheng Banqiao's calligraphy

Zheng Banqiao, Qing Dynasty (1693-1765)
Yue Fei's calligraphy
  Yue Fei, Sung Dynasty (1107-1187)

Chinese program at Purdue University offers a course of Chinese Calligraphy, for detailed      information, please visit:

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Created by Ling Wang

Dec, 2001