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Untitled [dancing performance],

Relief rubbing from brick and tile

Dimensions (Sheet): 460 x 420 mm (18.1 x 16.5 in.)

Inscribed: “Dancing Performance. This is a rubbing from the picture brick of Han dynasty excavated from Ch’eng-tu of Szechwan Province. Coll. stamp: Huan, Hsi-ch’eng” (transcription translated by Mr. Wei-ping Wu, Wesleyan faculty, 1961)

Edition: Rubbing from a relief image on brick and tile on a later Han Dynasty tomb

Accession number: 1961.39.1

Unrecorded source, before 1961

Provenance / Collectors' marks: The original was from Chentu, Ting chia yao tien

The image depicts a festival scene. In the upper half are four people sitting on mats in front of low tables. Three of them are listening to the fourth playing the qin, an instrument of 5 or 7 strings with a long wooden sounding board. Below is a dancer wearing a trailing gown with long sleeves. Another person standing on a mat on the lower left is either a dancer or a musician playing the drum on the floor near the food containers.

Bibliography: See Richard C. Rudolph in collaboration with Wen Yu, Han Tomb Art of West China: A Collection of First and Second Century Reliefs (University of California Press, 1951), p. 32, no. 77.

Work Type: print

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