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Tomb Owner and Acrobats

Tags: Han dynasty | rubbing | shrine | tomb

This rubbing was made from a Han stele by Tung Tso-pin in Shantung in 1933. On the upper panel we see the tomb owner sitting in the shrine. On the lower panel are acrobatic performances on horses and vehicles. Acrobats are common in images from Han tombs and shrines. They depict the tomb owner enjoying the most popular entertainment of the time even after his death.

Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
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