Chinese Rubbings Collection

Fei tian: Apsara

Creator/Contributor:
Warner, Langdon, 1881-1955, American, associated name, donor
Creation Date:
1923-1925
Description:
Rubbing from relief sculpture of Buddhist flying deity, an apsara, holding a lotus flower on a stem in one hand and an alms bowl in the other. Cloud patterns at bottom. From: Gongxian Cave, 4, ceiling (ping qi) facing south, in the center of 2nd row.
Extent:
67 x 62 cm
Language:
No linguistic content
Genre:
rubbings
Digital Format:
Images
Subjects:
Buddhism
cave temples
apsarases
lotuses
clouds
ceilings
Culture:
Chinese
Style Period:
Northern Wei
Eastern Wei
Materials/Techniques:
paper
ink
relief
Notes:
Citation/references: Gong Xian shi ku si (Zhongguo shi ku, v.2), 1989. fig. 27, p. 261; pl. 177; pl. 23, pl. 178 (for comparsion).
General note: Gongxian cave temples: a set of 5 Buddhist grottoes (dated between 517-539), located 8 kms north of Gongxian (midway between Luoyang and Zhengzhou), Henan province. ; Rubbing taken from "Ping qi": Chinese architectural term for ceiling.
Historical: Cave 4 date: from 1st. yr. of Yongan (Northern Wei), to 2nd yr. of Yuanxiang, Eastern Wei (528-539).
Repository:
Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, Harvard University
HOLLIS Record:
https://id.lib.harvard.edu/images/olvwork271893/urn-3:FHCL:784730/catalog
Record ID:
W271893_urn-3:FHCL:784730