University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 85-37-37
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Date Made: 1930's
Early Date: 1930
Late Date: 1939
Rice Paper
Iconography:King of Qin
Jing Ke
Qin Wuyang
Fan Wuqi
Credit Line:Gift of Anneliese Gutkind-Bulling, 1985
Other Number39 - Other Number


Assassination of King of Qin from Tomb M1 from Mahao, Leshan. After the example of this scene found in the reliefs of the Wu Liang shrine, this is likely the most frequently cited example of the assassination of the King of Qin by Jing Ke. There are three panels. The left panel contains two startled figures which are likely court officials or guards. The central panel is divided by the central pillar, around which the sleeve of the king has been wrapped and torn. To the left of the pillar is the retreating king. To the right of the pillar, a guard tackles Jing Ke who is attempting to chase the King. In the right panel, Qin Wuyang 秦舞陽 lays of the ground with the head of Fan Wuqi 樊於期 laying on the ground in a container. The figure on the far right is not involved in this scene and is actually a relief from another wall. He appears to be an official wearing hat and robe holding a staff. Black ink on rice paper. From Han tomb reliefs.

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