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Pictorial Tile with Scene of a Teacher Giving Instruction

Tags: Han dynasty | picture | rare books

This picture (講學畫像磚) shows the teaching scene of a Confucian classics teacher in the Han Dynasty. Sitting on a couch is the teacher, with a dust net (承塵) over his head. Around the teacher sit the students, holding bamboo slip scrolls (簡冊). Hanging on the waist of the rightmost student is a document knife used to scrape off mistakes on the bamboo slips.

National Central Library Chinese Rare Books Collection Digitization Project