Image of mythical and supernatural animal: "Dong an han li" shi guo mu bei 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.
- Rubbing from pictorial relief carving of 1 turtle image with snake-like head. 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).
- 62 x 72 cm
- No linguistic content
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- Western Han
- Citation/references: Zhongguo hua xiang shi quan ji, 2000, V. 1, pl. 111.
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).
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