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Rubbing from the Wu Family Shrines, Rear Group no. 4
  • China
  • Rubbing from the Wu Family Shrines, Rear Group no. 4, Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE)
  • Where object was made: China
  • ink on paper, rubbing
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 91.7 x 148.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 36 1/8 x 58 7/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. Laurence Sickman
  • Not on display
  • 1981.0007.08
Label Text

Rubbing. Four registers. Top register is framed by large figures. The figure on the right is bent at knees, blowing air (identified as the God of Wind). The figure produces fantastic animals and chariots formed from the wind. Second register features figures moving from left to right including a figure sitting on a sled, pushed and pulled by assistants. Third register also features the God of Wind but this time the wind he creates is a more unified, wave/cloud-like pattern. Botton register features a diety seated upon a celestial vehicle formed from the constellation Big Dipper.