The Buddhist Monk Huaisu and disciple of the great priest and traveler Xuanzang, along with Zhang Xu (active 713-740), was one of the proponents of the "wild cursive" calligraphy style that marked a break with the earlier Wang Xizhi tradition. Often writing while inebriated, Huaisu wrote bold, fluid characters in a burst of inspiration and energy. This "wild cursive" can be viewed as the calligraphic parallel to the "i pin" painting style of Chan monk-artists.
Han Chazhuo (?-1207) of the Southern Song was a noted calligraphy collector, who had Xiang Luoshui engrave examples from his collection onto steles. In 1207 Han Chazhuo was executed and the government confiscated the stele. In the Jiading period the name of the engravings were changed from the Yugutang to Qunyutang tie. Although there were originally ten items, by the Ming not only were complete sets of these rubbings already difficult to obtain, but even one or two volumes were rare. This rubbing of Huaisu's calligraphy is the fourth volume of the Qunyutang tie collection and the only known surviving copy. It was owned by Wen Zhengming, Wen Peng and Xiang Yuanbian.