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.