Memorial Stele of Wang Zhen

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Tianshun Period (1457-1464)


Rubbing of ink on paper

55 1/4 x 25 inches (140.3 x 63.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 239, Asian Art, second floor (Hollis Baldeck Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund, 1957

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This ink rubbing was made from a stone tablet that once hung before the main entrance hall of the Chih-hua Ssu Temple in Beijing. The ceiling of this temple is installed in the gallery behind this wall. The inscription on the tablet proclaims the Emperor Cheng T'ung's sacrifice to Wang Chen, eunuch-founder of the temple, praising him as an "exemplifier of loyalty." Wang's portrait appears below the text, but the characters for his name were obliterated by censors during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the mid-eighteenth century.

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