Generous donation of work of Chinese rubbings

February 24, 2011 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

The East Asian Library is most grateful for the donation of 東北大學附属圖書館所藏中國金石文拓本集, a book case with colour photographs of the collection of Chinese rubbings (taben 拓本) of Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan). Associate professor Ōno Kōji (Tohoku University) was most generous to donate this extensive work, of which he took all photographs, to the Leiden University Libraries.
Here on the left the official handing over of this extremely heavy book in the East Asian Library’s reading room, last February.

This wonderful work, of which there only exist 25 copies in the world,

is of great importance to the studies of stone steles, especially the ones inside Chinese (Buddhist) temples. Most of the rubbings were collected in China during the 1920 and 1930s, and kept in Japan all this time. The original steles might either be in worse condition than 100 years ago, or have disappeared in China altogether. Studying the texts and images from the original rubbings, so beautifully printed in this valuable work, is of great importance to research.

The book is not for loan, but can be consulted in the reading room of the East Asian Library. For a look at its contents – including steles from temples in Fangshan, Taiyuan, Hangzhou, Luoyang, Gongxian etc – see the following files:

[June, 2014]


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