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There is no civilization that has relied as much as the Chinese on carving inscriptions into stone as a way of preserving the memory of its history and culture. By the beginning of the seventh century, or perhaps much earlier, the Chinese had found a method of making multiple copies of old inscribed records, using paper and ink. Rubbings (also known as inked squeezes) in effect “print” the inscription, making precise copies that can be carried away and treasured. For at least a thousand years, scholars and connoisseurs have collected rubbings as they do with paintings, calligraphy, and other prized objects in their collections.
This original stone rubbing here is made in late Qing Dynasty from the original famous Tang Stone called "Xuan-Mi-Ta" in Xian, China. "Xuan-Mi-Ta" was written by the very famous calligraphy master Liu Gong Quan of Tang dynasty. Almost every Chinese student who have practiced calligrapgy have studied the "Liu Style".
Most old stone rubbing had been cut into book size. It is not easy today to see the uncut original rubbing of this famous stone. The top 1/5 portion of the original stone was broken off in QianLong period of Qing Dynasty. This stone rubbing shows the remaining portion. This rubbing was profesionally made with good ink color and crispy edges. Today, the stone is rebuilt and the rubbings today are no longer the rubbing of the original stone.
This stone rubbing was originally aquired in 1930's from China.
Size: 190 cm x 114 cm
Condition: Unlined. Good condition, some wear on edges and folding lines. (Note: The cloth under the rubbing in photos is not part of the rubbing.)