Rubbings of ancient carvings on display

Writer: Cao Zhen  |  Editor: Vincent Lin  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-03-11

More than 80 rubbings of ancient carvings ranging from the Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D.) to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) are on display at the Luohu Art Museum. Entry is free.

A rubbing made from the relief carvings in the Wu Liang Shrine.

Ancient carved bricks that were used in imperial palaces, ancestral halls and tombs are like an encyclopedia of ancient Chinese society. The images they depict range from mythical dragons and phoenixes, to animals and plants and scenes of everyday life. Rubbings were created by placing paper over the surface of the stone and rubbing the paper with ink, transferring the stone texture to paper.

The Wu Liang Shrine is best known among the Wu Family Shrines of the Wu clan of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). The shrines contain a vast number of relief carvings, which are a series of organized pictorial elements and inscriptions. The stone reliefs have been studied through ink rubbings on their surface decorations and inscriptions since the Song Dynasty.

Dates: Until March 14

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Venue: Luohu Art Museum, 6 Nanji Road, Luohu District (罗湖区南极路6号罗湖美术馆)

Metro: Line 2 to Hubei Station (湖贝站), Exit A