Mid 20th Century Ink Rubbing of Ancient Chinese Gravestone Eastern Han Memorial, Framed
Mid 20th Century Ink Rubbing of Ancient Chinese Gravestone Eastern Han Memorial, Framed

Mid 20th Century Ink Rubbing of Ancient Chinese Gravestone Eastern Han Memorial, Framed

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This beautiful scene is very significant in Chinese culture and can be found on many gravestones. While these images appear all over stone memorials in eastern Han area, surprisingly this tree and archer have not been studied in depth. One scholar, K.E. Brashier, believes the tree image can be traced back to the poem "Birchleaf Pear" and symbolizes "long-lived physical things that survive into the present". He goes on to show how this imagery and symbolism is used in many Han texts to justify building ancestral memorials.

A similar, nearly identical depiction can be found in the famous Wu family shrines. A similar ink rubbing of that image can be viewed on the wikipedia page written about the shrines.

DIMENSIONS:  27.25ʺW × 1ʺD × 22.25ʺH

This piece is framed and matted and seems to be in excellent condition.  I'm certain there is some scuffing on the frame.