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Object Number:29-25-22
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: 20th Century
Date Made: ca. 1900
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Museum Purchase, 1929


Ink-squeeze rubbing taken from a stone stele engraved with a portrait of Confucius. This is one of the most frequently reproduced images of Confucius, and exists in several versions. An inscription on the stele, reproduced in the rubbing, indicates that the image derives from a painting by the Tang artist Wu Daozi 吳道子, active in the early 8th c. No original by this artist survives, however, so the origin of this image in the works of Wu Daozi cannot be confirmed. The stele from which this rubbing was taken is perhaps one in the Confucius Temple in Qufu 曲阜, Shandong. The image bears four inscribed lines of four characters extolling Confucius’ virtues. These are taken from the “Eulogy of Confucius (孔子讚)” by Chen Fengwu 陳鳳梧 (1475-1541).

The portrait and text on the stele from which this rubbing was taken are very similar to, but distinct from, those on the stele of which 29-25-21 is a rubbing.

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