Egyptian Rubbing with Calligraphic Inscription Hanging scroll, ink rubbing on paper with an inscription by Duan Fang, followed by his seal, with an additional inscription on the mounting and two collectors' seals. 9 1/4in (23cm) in diameter
端方 埃及古石拓本 水墨紙本 立軸
Duan Fang was a high Manchurian official in the waning years of the Qing dynasty and also a major collector of early bronzes and jades. His collection, Taozhai, was self-published in 1908.
Duan Fang traveled to Egypt in the summer of 1906, presumably when he made this rubbing. After his death in 1911, the majority of his Chinese bronzes and jades were dispersed and sold to American and European Museums; however, his collection of Egyptian artifacts was recently re-discovered in the archives of the Peking University Museum in Beijing.
The accompanying box bears an inscription that states the scroll was obtained in Beijing in 1938 by the Korean artist and calligrapher Li Han-bok (1897-1943).
Provenance: Formerly in a Connecticut private collection
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