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Record of the ancient family Meng, Chapter One: images and stories of Mencius (Mengzi) ; Meng shi jia chuan zu tu shi mo ji ; Meng shi zu ting tu ji (di yi)

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Parte della collezione Chinese rubbings collection
Rubbing of stele engraved with 24 pages from a woodblock book, titled-- Meng shi zu ting tu ji juan yi (Volume I of ""Meng shi zu ting tu ji,"" ) recording the ancient family Meng. 4 columns of 6 rectangular blocks depicted. Within rectangular blocks: images and inscriptions associated with life stories of Meng zi (Mengzi, Mencius, 371-289 BC). Book by Meng Run.
Genere: rubbings
Formato: 179 x 87 cm
Note: Citation/references: Beijing tu shu guan cang Zhongguo li dai shi ke ta ben hui bian, 1991, v. 47, p. 121. (Meng shi jia chuan zu tu shi mo ji)General note: Script style: kai shu. ; Original stele is located in Zou Xian (Zou County), Shandong. Stele was engraved both sides. ; Woodblock: Chinese regularly used wood blocks carved in relief to produce books. This invention of printing dated back to sometime between the 4th. and 7th. century, at least before 868 when the Diamond Sutra was produced. The text was first written on a piece of thin paper, then glued face down onto a wooden plate. The characters were carved out to make a wood-block printing plate, which was used to print the text. By using movable type (invented by Pi Sheng during During the Qingli period of Northern Song Dynasty1048), inexpensive printed books became widely available in China during the Song (960-1279) dynasty. By the mid-fifteenth century, block-printed publications were largely made up of illustrations with short captions and thus amenable to the wood block process which tended to favour the pictorial. ; Mengzi (Meng Ke, Mencius, 371-289 BC), born in the kingdom of Zou (Tsou) in eastern China during the Warring States Period (480-222 BC). He studied under a disciple of Zisi (Zhu Ssu), the grandson of Kongfuzi (Confucius) and became a major influence on the development of classical Confucianism. Also known as ""Ya sheng,"" the second saint (compare to Zhi sheng, the highest saint-- Kongzi, Confucius). Historical: Stele date: 1st. day of 12th. mo. of 3rd. yr. of Daan, Jin Dynasty (1211). ; Inscriptions also include some added colophons engraved in 7th. mo. of 3rd. yr. of Yanyou, Yuan Dynasty (1316).
Repository: Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, Harvard University"