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Rabbit hidden in the Mulberry Tree

Height 40 cm, width 78cm, thickness 20cm, bas-relief. Created in the later period of East Han Dynasty, and collected by Xuzhou Research Association of Han Dynasty Stone Carvings.China is the earliest country in mulberry tree planting, sericulture, and textile in the world. In Han Dynasty, it was common to plant mulberry tree. Many unearthed Han Dynasty stone carvings about mulberry tree was found in Xuzhou and adjoining areas. This picture makes reasonable composition, the two mulberry trees are well-proportioned, making full use of the limited space. A rabbit carved in the bottom right harmonizes the whole picture, adding endless interest.

Picture of Shooting Nobility

Height 69cm, width 71cm, thickness 16cm, hatching carving. Created in the later period of East Han Dynasty, and collected by Xuzhou Research Association of Han Dynasty Stone Carvings. There are two evergreen trees with three sparrows on it. Below the trees, a man was turning around, stooping down and turning upward to shoot a sparrow. The man was depicted distinctly. In ancient Chinese, “Que (sparrow)” equals to “Jue (nobility)”, and shooting sparrow means shooting nobility. As an old Chinese saying goes, “Shoot the bow at the target”, shooting nobility means to obtain nobility, fighting for high position. Shooting sparrow and shooting monkey is common in Han Dynasty painting, which expressed people’s good wish in Han Dynasty.

Picture of Fencing Play

Height 69m, width 155cm, thickness 16cm, broken, hatching carving. Created in the later period of East Han Dynasty, and collected by Xuzhou Research Association of Han Dynasty Stone Carvings. This incomplete stone has two pictures, the right is two dragons flying through two jade rings, in Han Dynasty stone carving, dragon and jade are combined together as the auspicious mascots for going up to heaven. The left is the picture of fencing play, the two are doing fencing and their coordinated footwork, skills and action showing their mature fencing and grapple skills. It depicts characters vividly with elaborate carving, thus it can be recognized as the meticulous figure painting in Han paintings.

Elixir of Immortality

Height 89cm, Width 97cm, thickness 9cm,bas-relief. Created in the middle of East Han Dynasty, and collected by Xuzhou Research Association of Han Dynasty Stone Carvings.The above part of this stone is broken. The below is a male and a female rabbits are making elixir of immortality. It’s recorded in Chinese old book the Classic of Mountains and Rivers that the Western Queen asking the jade rabbit to make the elixir of immortality and give it to who wants to be immortal. It is also said that Chinese ancient hercules Houyi got the elixir of immortality from the Western Queen, and his wife Chang’er swallowed it secretly, then she went up to heaven and became the faerie in the moon.

Picture of Phoenix Holding Langgan (a holy tree) in Mouth

Height 77cm, width 71cm, thickness 10cm, bas-relief. Created in the later period of East Han Dynasty, and collected by Xuzhou Research Association of Han Dynasty Stone Carvings. Phoenix is the holy bird in people’s mind with unique image and its feather is blazing with colors. In Han Dynasty, Confucianism divination was widely spread, thus the auspicious animals like the phoenix was commonly carved on stone for burial, which is the elaborate burial etiquette in Han Dynasty. Langgan, the fruit of the holy tree in the myth, represents the precious things. It is reasonable that the phoenix is commonly found in Han stone carvings. This picture of Phoenix holding Langgan in mouth is definitely the masterpiece of ancients in Han Dynasty. The phoenix has flowing lines and strong portray of the legs, and is ready to fly.