made of the relief-murals on the bricks of the tomb of the late 4th - early
5th century A.D. ,
titled 'Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove and Rong Qiqi' (also known as the 'Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove').
Nanjing Museum, China.
Tomb found in Xishanqiao, Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China in 1960. Each mural measures 2.4 by 0.8 meters.
Rubbings of brick reliefs from the walls of the tomb at Xishanqiao:
Qiqi under a Ginkgo tree.
Relief detail, tomb at Xishanqiao, Nanjing.
(From Yao and Gu, Liuchao yishu. )
'The Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove and Rong Qiqi'
Brick relief from the north wall.
rubbing can be seen on my Art-page.
the Seven Worthies with Ginkgo trees
are also found in the royal tomb at Wujiacun,
Danyang county, Jiangsu province, China (late fifth century A.D.) and in
the royal tomb at Jinjiacun,
Danyang county, Jiangsu province, China (late fifth century A.D.).
Xi Kang under a Ginkgo tree (left).
Relief detail, royal tomb at Jinjiacun (west wall)
More pictures and info:
Spiro, Audrey. Contemplating the Ancients: Aesthetic and Social Issues in Early Chinese Portraiture. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1990.
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