Hua sheng: Di wu ku ping qi xi nan jaio hua sheng diao shi
- Warner, Langdon, 1881-1955, American, associated name, donor
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- Rubbing of "Hua sheng," seated Buddhist figure emerging from a lotus flower. From: Gongxian Cave 5. southwestern corner of "Ping qi" (grid ceiling).
- 53.5 x 42 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, f. 36, p. 271. ; Gong Xian shi ku si, 1963, pl. 344, p. 176.
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 5 date: from 4th yr. of Xiaochang, Northern Wei (528) to 2nd yr. of Yuenxiang, Eastern Wei (539).
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