3054
3054
A NEIFU WRITTEN BOOK OF THE ANALECTS (LUNYU JIZHU DAQUAN)
EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimate
1,200,0001,500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,500,000 HKD
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3054
A NEIFU WRITTEN BOOK OF THE ANALECTS (LUNYU JIZHU DAQUAN)
EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimate
1,200,0001,500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,500,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

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A NEIFU WRITTEN BOOK OF THE ANALECTS (LUNYU JIZHU DAQUAN)
EARLY MING DYNASTY
ink calligraphy on paper, comprising of volumes III, IV and V of The Analects of Confucius Variorum, thread-bound with paper cover and textile casing
37.5 by 23 cm, 14 3/4  by 9 in.
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Catalogue Note

According to historical records, a number of handwritten versions of The Analects from the Neifu (Imperial Court) is preserved in the Ming court collections. Such albums are made from the finest paper and ink with the calligraphic script rendered in acute perfection, they bear testimony to the impeccable standards in the making of imperial books.

Copied books produced under the supervision of Neifu in the Ming dynasty are extremely rare, mainly preserved in public collections and virtually unseen in private hands. The utmost precision in the making of the present book is demonstrated in the seamless treatment to rectify occasional erroneous characters in the passage. The surface of these areas were first effaced, the thickness of the paper was then evened out by adding thin sheets from the reverse of the page. The edges were then pound down to create a flat surface, and finally the new, accurate character written atop (figs 1).

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