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China Anonymous, Chinese
Lao Tzu Riding an Ox to Pass by the Han Ku Kuan (a boundry pass), 19th c.
Ink on Paper
50 in. x 27 13/16 in. (127 cm x 70.64 cm)


Object Type: Scroll
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. William Bacon Pettus
Accession Number: PE46


Marks
No signature or seals.

Medium
Black ink on white paper. White paper and pink silk brocade mounting.

Object Description
Vertical hanging scroll of an old man riding a water buffalo. Ink rubbing.

The ink rubbing was made by pressing wet paper onto a carved stone and then lightly rubbing the raised surfaces with ink, leaving the incised lines uncolored. In China paintings and calligraphy were often copied onto stone slabs, to facilitate making inexpensive reproductions. This practice was particularly popular at Daoist and Buddhist temples, allowing pilgrims to obtain images of deities and famous teachers, like Lao Tzu (Laozi) who is considered the first person to comprehend the Dao.

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