Chu Suiliang silk copy, Tang Dynasty, National Palace Museum, TaipeiChu Suiliang silk copy, Tang Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei
Chu Suiliang silk copy, Tang Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei

The most well-known of the ling zi cong shan 領字從山 (“ling 領 character derived from shan 山”) copies, so called because the character 領 in the fourth line is rendered as the more semantically precise 嶺, which has the “mountain” (山) component. (The character in question means “mountain range”, and more faithful Tang copies such as the Feng Chengsu version render it as 領.)

Unlike the three Tang paper copies, this copy never seemed to enter an imperial collection. Before it was donated to the National Palace Museum, it was in the collection of the prominent Taiwanese collector Lin Boshou 林柏壽 (1895–1986), who in turn had bought it from the Japanese collector Saitō Etsuzō 齊藤悦藏.

Ink on silk, bound in a handscroll. Housed at the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

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