Find the couplet written by Dr. Tan Tsze Chor, located just behind the Scholar’s Studio.
|Couplet in combined regular, running, and cursive scripts.
Tan Tsze Chor
Chinese ink and colour on paper
From the Xiang Xue Zhuang Collection in memory of Dr. Tan Tsze Chor
Be inspired by the innovative style of this calligraphy, written by Dr. Tan Tsze Chor, a Singaporean calligrapher and collector, also known as the “pepper king”. He was a successful businessman who traded in pepper.
Contemplate the patriotic message written and the questions below.
- Can you identify the four treasures of the study that Dr Tan used to create this?
- Where do you think Dr. Tan displayed this piece of work?
- What could have inspired Dr. Tan to pen this couplet (a pair of successive lines of verse, that is usually rhyming and of the same length) in this unique style?
Besides this work by Dr. Tan, look out for an ink painting by Qian Du and Qi Baishi seals, all from the Xiang Xue Zhuang Collection. The collection represents the first comprehensive collection of Chinese art in Singapore.
Exit the Scholars Gallery and go up the Central Staircase to Level 3. Make your way to the Jewellery Gallery on the left. In this gallery, you'll get to explore many fascinating styles of adornment.