Hua sheng: Di san ku ping qi bei ce hua sheng
- Warner, Langdon, 1881-1955, American, associated name, donor
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- 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.
- 61 x 56.5 cm
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- Northern Wei
- Gong Xian Caves, Gong Xian, Henan, China
- 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).
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