We know nothing about the artist, not even his name, although the last two characters of the inscription may be a clue. The graceful style of the calligraphy is derived from the Chinese calligraphers Wang Xizhi (303‒361) and his son Wang Xianzhi (344‒386). The two Wangs, as they are known, were preeminent masters of running script and were held in high regard in both China and Japan. The fluid calligraphy from this unknown master blends the styles of the two Wangs.
Ink on paper
9 7/8 x 6 ¼ in. (25.1 x 16.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of Dr. Thomas Kuebler, 2014.75