Tribute to a poem from a calligrapher’s pen

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Tribute to a poem from a calligrapher’s pen


Name: Han Ho, Poem by Du Fu

Period: Joseon, 1602-1604

Location: National Museum of Korea, Fine Arts Gallery

This work by renowned calligrapher Han Ho (1543-1605) was created during the mid-Joseon period.

The text is a poem composed by Du Fu (712-770), who wrote about the beauty of calligraphy after getting inspired by the calligraphy of Zhang Xu.

Although Han’s work is typically characterized by plump and powerful strokes, his work here appears gentle, elegant and in harmony with the lyrical mood of the text. Han would influence future calligraphers to write with meaning and significance during the chaotic circumstances of the late-Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897).

*The photos and text for Treasure Trove are provided by the National Museum of Korea. For more information, call (02) 2077-9000 or visit

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