University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C247.1
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Shandong
Jining
Date Made: Early 20th Century
Early Date: 1900
Late Date: 1915
Section:Asian
Materials:Stone
Technique:Carved
Iconography:Legend
Human Figures
Chinese Historical Figure
Fu Xi
Nu Wa
Height: 59.69cm
Width: 74.93cm
Depth: 10.16cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1916
Other NumberGETZ 24 - Other Number
C247 - Original Number

Description

Copy of one of the slabs from the Wu Liang Mausoleum built in 147 CE during the Han Dynasty by the Wu family in the present Jiaxiang County, Department of Jining, Shandong Province. Also known as the Wu family shrine. Hard black stone, the background cut away in little rough grooves, now weathered grey, so that the figures stand out like silhouettes. Three registers with historical and legendary scenes. Lower panel: Fu Xi and Nu Wa, mythical founders of China's polity, with attendant sprites. Middle panel: attempted assassination of Qin Shi Huang, builder of the Great Wall. Upper panel: "Strong man" of Chinese history protecting his wounded lord with chariot canopy. One of five pieces.


Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1917. The University Museum Section of Oriental Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 24View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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