|At China Institute's new headquarters downtown: Art in a Time of Chaos, Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd - 6th Centuries. China Institute Link
What a gorgeous show! Above, Celadon Earthenware, Three Kingdoms Period (272)
|Rubbing of the Ming Tanxi Epitaph (Southern Dynasties tomb dated 474)
Detail, for full image, scroll down
|Left panel of reproduced scroll for Orchid Pavilion poetry readings, during which officials gathered,
|Drinks were passed and if passed the drink, one had to compose a poem...or drink.
|Rubbing for the Eulogy of Burial of a Crane, detail (for full image scroll down)
|Rubbing of mold-impressed brick Hu xiao Shan Qiu, from Eastern Jin Tomb, Fourth Year of Yonghe (347)
|The technique developed over the next 100 years,...
|Museum Director Willow Weilan Hai discussing the printing technique in front of a misaligned print of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove (details at end of post)
|Images of Tao Yuanming, who wrote,
'Neath the eastern paling of bamboo -
In langourousness I gaze
at the southern heights in the distance."
(Trans. Ben Wang)
|Tao was considered the pioneer of Chinese recluse poetry, particularly Field and Garden poetry (tianyuanshi). I am excited to find out this is a category! David Hinton, esteemed translator, likens the genre to a suburban sort of Shanshui (mountain/water) than its own category. Wikipedia Link
|Buddha standing on a lotus petal, surrounded by bodhisattvas. Nanjing, inscribed 8/23 first year of Datong, made by Chao in offering
|Rubbing of the Ming Tanxi Epitaph (full view, detail above)
474, standard script
|Rubbing of the Eulogy for the Burial of a Crane, 420-589
The crane was a pet of a devoted monk. The stone on which the script was carved was for a long time submerged in the Yangtze River.
|From the Admonitions Scroll: a how to on behavior for ladies.
|Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, a vision of Chinese utopia. Brick rubbings in a style attributed to Gu Kaizhi.
|Order, then disarray - inspiring either way.
|Misaligned, impressed-brick mural depicting the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, found in a couple's tomb. From Southern Dynasty period (420-589)