Chinese Rubbings Collection

Portrait of Kuixing stellar: Kui xing xiang bing zan: Kui xing xiang

Creation Date:
late 19th. century?
Description:
Rubbing from a stele depicting Kui xing, a stellar deity, standing on one leg and clutching a brush in one hand. 1 big seal on the center top section of the stele. 2 inscriptions stating the painting is by Luo pu yu zhe (Qing artist), inscription and calligraphy by Long quan zhu ren and engraved by Liu Tianyou.
Extent:
106 x 50.5 cm
Language:
No linguistic content
Genre:
rubbings
Digital Format:
Images
Subjects:
Longmen Caves, Luoyang, Henan, China
seals
human figures
swords
demons
Buddhist pilgrims
cave temples
painting
paintings
painting (image-making)
Culture:
Chinese
Style Period:
Qing
Materials/Techniques:
ink
paper
intaglio
Notes:
Citation/references: Chavannes, 1909, vol. X, no. 1178. ; Beijing tu shu guan cang hua xiang ta ben hui bian, 1993, v. 9, p. 137 (Kui xing xiang bing zan).
General note: script style: xing shu. ; Kui xing, stellar patron of the literati, is associated with the constellations and a servant to Wenchang, the God of Literature. In fact, his name means Star Ghost who is responsible for issuing official testimonials. His name, Kuixing, is interchangeable with the name of one of the stars in the Big Dipper constellation. In arts, Kui xing is often depicted standing on one leg, clutching a brush in one hand and a tablet in the other and also in some images standing on the head of a turtle waving a Chinese brush in the air. ; Rubbing recorded originally taken from stone engraving outside Longmen Caves, Loyang, Henan.
Historical: Stele date: Spring of 3rd. yr of Tongzhi, Qing Dynasty (1864).
Repository:
Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, Harvard University
HOLLIS Record:
https://id.lib.harvard.edu/images/olvwork280165/urn-3:FHCL:409601/catalog
Record ID:
W280165_urn-3:FHCL:409601