A Wujin Rubbing of Stupa Qing Dynasty

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Lot 3028
A Wujin Rubbing of Stupa
Qing Dynasty

Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium
A Wujin Rubbing of Stupa
Qing Dynasty
Hanging scroll, ink on paper, the interior of the stupa with several characters in Lantsha script, followed by the entire Chinese transcription of the Prajnaparamitahrdya (The Heart of the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom), with an inscription dating the original stone carving to the thirteenth year of the Yongzheng period (1735), with a second inscription stating He Qinwang mushou jingshu (Prince He cleansed his hands and respectfully inscribed) followed by a seal reading He Qinwang Bao.
56 1/2 x 30 7/8in (143.5 x 78.5 cm)

Footnotes

  • 烏金拓 紙本 立軸

    Wujin ta (lit. 'black gold rubbings') such as this example are created by using thick and lustrous ink and heavy paper which is then burnished with a polishing shell.

    Prince He (He Qinwang 1712-1770), a prince of the first rank and the fifth son of the Yongzheng emperor, was a younger brother to Hongli, the Qianlong emperor.

    Provenance: Collection of Baron Alexander von Stael-Holstein (1877-1937), a noted scholar and translator of Buddhist texts in Sanskrit and Tibetan, who lived and taught in Beijing at Peking University, among other institutions, and also was a visiting professor at Harvard. His presence in Beijing would have afforded him the opportunity to buy this and other imperial works that were appearing on the market in the 1920s and 1930s.
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