Chinese Rubbings Collection

Banquet and acrobats entertainment, mythology and stories: Xi wang mu, qin shou, ye tie hua xiang.: Yan xiang bai xi, shen hua tu

Creator/Contributor:
Xi Wang Mu, Chinese, associated name, associated name
Creation Date:
20th cent.
Description:
Rubbing of carved stone images from relief sculpture of 4 registers (part of decorative horizontal band) depicting seated in the center is the Queen Mother of West (Xi wang mu) surrounded by 2 large legendary human figures with serpent tails and many attendants who are worshipping, entertaining and playing a board game on the top register; accompanied by dragon, tiger and other animal images, 2 large phoenix-like bird images standing in the center and together holding “lian-zhu” (strings of pearls) in their mouths are depicted on the 3rd. register; human figures in workshop of smelting and forging operation are depicted on the bottom register. From group of "Shandong Teng xian" slabs. Dated to late Eastern Han (between 147-189 AD).
Extent:
68.5 x 202 cm
Language:
No linguistic content
Genre:
rubbings
Digital Format:
Images
Subjects:
Shandong Sheng, China
birds
phoenix (mythical bird)
Animals mythical
human figures
shrine houses
tombs
legends
pearls
games
entertainment
snakes
serpents
Culture:
Chinese
Style Period:
Eastern Han
Minguo
Materials/Techniques:
ink
paper
relief
Notes:
Citation/references: Zhongguo hua xiang shi quan ji, 2000, V. 2, pl. 192. ; Bali da xue Beijing Han xue yan jiu suo, Han dai hua xiang quan ji, Chu bian, 1950, No. 91.
General note: Tengxian, also named Tengzhou, includes several sites with engraved stone slabs unearthed. Tengzhou once served as a prefecture capital in Shandong Province. ; Slab was reportedly excavated in 1930 from Boshantou, Shanting area in Tengzhou City, Shandong Province; currently part of collection in National Museum of China in Beijing. ; Site: Hong dao yuan.
Historical: Slabs date: approximately, dated to late Eastern Han (between 147-189 AD).
Repository:
Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, Harvard University
HOLLIS Record:
https://id.lib.harvard.edu/images/olvwork297950/urn-3:FHCL:987719/catalog
Record ID:
W297950_urn-3:FHCL:987719