Yu Shinan

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yu.

Yu Shinan (Chinese: 虞世南; pinyin: Yú Shìnán; Wade–Giles: Yü Shihnan) (558–638), courtesy name Boshi (伯施), was a master of calligraphy in early Tang Dynasty. He was also a paramount official, litterateur and well known confucian scholar in Emperor Taizong of Tang's era.

He is regarded as one of the four greatest calligraphers in early Tang Dynasty along with Ouyang Xun, Chu Suiliang and Xue Ji, and one of the most famous ones in Chinese calligraphy history. As an important politician, Tang Taizong had a comment on him saying "Yu Shinan, a man of five absolute merits". He also served in Sui Dynasty's court before Tang. And his uncle Yu Ji (虞寄), served in the royal court as Imperial Secretary.


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