Wang Chin-an. Born Dec. 3, 1877, in Haining District, Chekiang Province; died June 2, 1927, in Peking. Chinese scholar, historian, and philologist.
Wang Kuo-wei was one of the foremost experts on ancient Chinese epigraphy. He made a study of the yin “enigmatic inscriptions,” which were discovered in 1899. He wrote a number of works on the study of ancient Chinese inscriptions on bronze and ivory, the history of China in antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the study of source materials. Wang Kuo-wei studied the history of the Mongolians and their relations with China.
WORKSHaining Wang Chin-an hsiensheng ishu, vols. 1-48. [No place, 1936.] (A posthumous collection of works.)
L. S. VASIL’EV