Chinese Rubbings Collection

Hua sheng: Di san ku ping qi bei ce hua sheng

Creator/Contributor:
Warner, Langdon, 1881-1955, American, associated name, donor
Creation Date:
1923-1925
Description:
Rubbing of "Hua sheng," seated Buddhist figure emerging from a lotus flower. Figure is from cross sections of border framework for grid patterns used on ceiling. From: Gongxian Cave 3. from cross section between grids on "Ping qi" (grid ceiling) in the north section.
Extent:
61 x 56.5 cm
Language:
No linguistic content
Genre:
rubbings
Digital Format:
Images
Subjects:
Buddhism
cave temples
human figures
lotuses
seating
Culture:
Chinese
Style Period:
Northern Wei
Materials/Techniques:
paper
ink
relief
Places:
Gong Xian Caves, Gong Xian, Henan, China
Notes:
Citation/references: Gong Xian shi ku si (Zhongguo shi ku, v.2), 1989. pl. 138; f. 26, p. 260. ; Gong Xian shi ku si, 1963, pl. 174, p. 87; f. 12.
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. ; Hua sheng: aupapadaka (aupapaduka)-- metamorphosis, associated with direct 'birth' by metamorphosis; also means incarnation, a Buddhist term meaning the incarnate avatara of a deity. ; Rubbing taken from "Ping qi": Chinese architectural term for ceiling.
Historical: Cave 3 date: 2nd. yr. of Xiping - 4th. yr. of Xiaochang, Northern Wei (517-528).
Repository:
Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, Harvard University
HOLLIS Record:
https://id.lib.harvard.edu/images/olvwork282932/urn-3:FHCL:995987/catalog
Record ID:
W282932_urn-3:FHCL:995987