Chinese Rubbings Collection

Image of mythical and supernatural animal: "Dong an han li" shi guo mu nan bi li mian hua xiang.: "Dong an han li" shi guo mu hua xiang: Shen xian ling yi tu

Creation Date:
19th cent.-early 20th cent.
Description:
Rubbing from pictorial relief carving of 1 phoenix-like bird image with wings spreading open. From group of "Dong an han li" slabs. Dated to late Western Han and early Eastern Han Dynasty (between 1st. century BCE to 1st. century AD).
Extent:
68 x 75 cm
Language:
No linguistic content
Genre:
rubbings
Digital Format:
Images
Subjects:
phoenix (mythical bird)
birds
Animals mythical
wall paintings
coffins
Culture:
Chinese
Style Period:
Western Han
Eastern Han
Qing
Minguo
Materials/Techniques:
ink
paper
intaglio
Notes:
Citation/references: Zhongguo hua xiang shi quan ji, 2000, V. 1, pl. 110.
General note: "Dong an han li,"-- a set of 7 slabs unearthed from Babaoshan (Babao Mountain), Yaowatou Village, east of Qufu City in 1937 and conserved now in the Confucian Temple at Qufu, Shandong Province, China. Among the 7 slabs, 1 slab was inscribed with "Dong an han li", thus the name. 10 pictorial images (entertainers and servants, legendary figures such as "Shentu" and "Yulei", and mythical animals such as 4 directions deities: "qinglong/blue-dragon", "baihu/white-tiger", "zhuque/red-sparrow" and "xuanwu/serpent-tortoise") and 1 inscription are included in these 7 slabs which actually had been a double-chambered stone coffin. Slabs are, approximately, dated to late Western Han and early Eastern Han Dynasty (between 1st. century BCE to 1st. century AD).
Historical: Slabs date: approximately, dated to late Western Han and early Eastern Han Dynasty (between 1st. century BCE to 1st. century AD).
Repository:
Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, Harvard University
HOLLIS Record:
https://id.lib.harvard.edu/images/olvwork297834/urn-3:FHCL:890682/catalog
Record ID:
W297834_urn-3:FHCL:890682