Chinese Rubbings Collection

Hua sheng: Di si ku ping qi nan bu hua sheng diao shi

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. From: Gongxian Cave 3. from 6th. row, 3rd. column of "Ping qi" (grid ceiling) in the south section.
Extent:
63.5 x 62.5 cm
Language:
No linguistic content
Genre:
rubbings
Digital Format:
Images
Subjects:
Buddhism
cave temples
lotuses
ceilings
human figures
Culture:
Chinese
Style Period:
Eastern Wei
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. 177; f. 27, p. 261. ; Gong Xian shi ku si, 1963, pl. 282, pl. 288.
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. ; E-888 duplicate.
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/olvwork283948/urn-3:FHCL:784737/catalog
Record ID:
W283948_urn-3:FHCL:784737