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Ink rubbing (拓本, たくほん, takuhon)

Mini2:figure_2_wang_xizhi_P2.jpg"Ink rubbing: | Small fragment (approximately 1/14th of the whole text) of a copy of the primary scriptures on Taoism, entitled 黃庭經 (Chinese: Huáng ting jīng), attributed to Wang Xizhi (王羲之, pinyin: Wáng Xīzhī, 303–361 C.E.) of the Jin dynasty (晉朝, 265 – 420 C.E.). Ink rubbing. "

A copy of text engraved on a surface. It is created by applying paper to the surface of a stele (inscribed stone slab) or anything that has calligraphy incised on it and rubbing it gently with a cloth sponge soaked in ink. On the black surface white characters will appear. Takuhon is the most precise way of copying masterpieces and using them as example for studying by imitating the original style of the masterpiece. This method of learning is called rinsho (臨書, りんしょ, i.e. “copying masterpieces”), and it is the most efficient and preferred way of advancing in calligraphy skill.

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