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ink rubbing

ink rubbing

  • Place of origin:

    Mount Tai (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)
    6th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink rubbing on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Professor Roderick Whitfield

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 44

These sixteen ink rubbings are from the Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist text that has been carved into the cliff face of Mount Tai in Shandong province, China. Over 2700 characters were carved into the rock, covering a total area of 1987 square metres. The sutra was carved during the 6th century, while the ink rubbing was made in the early 20th century. Ink rubbings like these were collected and appreciated as examples of early styles of calligraphy.

Physical description

Ink rubbing on paper

Place of Origin

Mount Tai (made)


early 20th century (made)
6th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ink rubbing on paper


Length: 485 mm, Height: 455 mm, Length: 620 mm, Height: 900 mm

Object history note

Roderick Whitfield acquired this group of rubbings through David Newman around 1985. According to David Newman, they were the property of an elderly English lady who had acquired them in the 1930s.

Descriptive line

Ink rubbing on paper, from Diamond Sutra, Mount Tai, China, early 20th century


Ink; Paper




Calligraphy; Inscriptions; Rubbings


East Asia Collection

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