Confucius - Portrait by Wu Daozi (吴道子, 680 AD – 759 AD) (B&W Headstone Rubbing Reproduction)
- 39 in. Long, 11 3/4 in. wide (with scroll rod 14 1/4 in. wide) (100 cm x 30 cm)
- Printed on silk
- Hanging scroll - black & white headstone rubbing reproduction
This is a black and white reproduction of a 5th century portrait carved on headstone originally by Tang Dynasty artist Wu Daozi (吴道子, 680 AD – 759 AD). The portrait was produced by rubbing or pressing and spraying Chinese “xuan” paper on a portrait carving on headstone dated ca. 1721 AD (Qing Dynasty). It depicts Confucius (孔夫子, ca. 551－479 BC) in a long Chunqiu style robe with a ceremonial long sword under his left arm.
No contemporary painting or sculpture of Confucius survives and the Tang Dynasty artist relied on description recorded in Chunqiu and Waring States Period and Shi Ji (史記, Records of Grant Historian by Sima Qian, 135 -186 BC).