Memorial Stele of Wang Zhen
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
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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