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Cursive script (草書, そうしょ, sōsho).

Mini2:c15_cursive_script.jpg"Cursive script: | Ink rubbing of a mesmerising calligraphy in cursive script (草書) by 張芝 (Zhāng Zhī, birth date unknown - died in 192 C.E. ), entitled 終年帖 (Chinese: Zhōng nián tiē), Han dynasty, 2nd century C.E. "

One of five core styles of calligraphy, developed in ancient China. Cursive script originated during the Han dynasty (漢朝, 206 B.C.- 220 C.E.) and naturally evolved from a matured form of reisho (隷書, れいしょ, i.e. clerical script), known as happun rei (八分隷, はっぷんれい, lit. “eight parts clerical”; i.e. a style based on the concept of symmetrically sloping strokes of the character 八 (はち, hachi, i.e. “eight”)). The kernel of sōsho is known to the calligraphy world as shōsō (章草, しょうそう), which literally means “draft (script) governed by rules”. It still bore visible elements of reisho, yet was much smoother and curvy. Eventually, shōsō developed into what we know today as cursive script. The most renowned master of all time of the cursive script was張芝 (Chinese: Zhāng Zhī; birth date unknown, died in 190 C.E.) of the Han dynasty, also referred to as “cursive script sage” (聖草, Chinese: shèng cǎo). He was also a precursor of modern cursive script known as今草 (Chinese: jīn cǎo). Please refer to the cursive script section on our website to read more.

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