Stele with Tao Gu’s preface to Zhang Zhongxun’s copy of “Biographies of Eminent Monks” in running script and heading in seal script

Calligrapher: Mengying 夢英 (mid- to late 10th century) Heading by Guo Zhongshu (傳)郭忠恕 (910-977)
Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, inscription: late 10th century; rubbing: 20th century
Ink on paper
H x W: 147.2 x 79 cm (57 15/16 x 31 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Peking University
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Calligraphy, Rubbing

Rubbing (mounted on panel)

Buddhism, China, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), running script, seal script

To ?
Peking University, Beijing, China. [1]

From 1976
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Peking University, Beijing, China. [2]


[1] According to the Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record, this rubbing was donated by Peking University, Beijing, China at an undetermined date.

[2] According to Kate Theimer’s note from June 6, 1995, “This rubbing appears to have been given by the Peking University to the Freer Gallery of Art at an undetermined date prior to 1976. It was transferred from the Library to the permanent collection in 1976.” Also see object file, and the Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Peking University

Published References
  • Wang Ch'ang. Chin shih ts'ui pien. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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