Fine Arts Library
The Fine Arts Library currently houses 2,602 individual East Asian rubbings, the majority of which are from China. The rubbings were made from ancient stone stelae, tomb tablets, Buddhist and Daoist scriptures on stelae and rocks, as well as inscriptions and designs copied from bronze vessels, jade objects, ceramics, tomb bricks, and roof tiles, objects dating from the Qin Dynasty (221–207 BCE) to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 CE).
Scholars have found these documents useful for studies in Chinese history, biography, epigraphy, Buddhist and Taoist art, fine arts, and calligraphy. The most significant rubbings in the collection are those from Xiaotangshan (孝堂山) stone chamber, Wu Liang shrine（武梁祠)in Shandong Province dating from the Han Period (206 BCE–220 CE), the Forest of Stelae at Xi’an （西安碑林), and Buddhist grotto sites in Gongxian (功县) and Longmen (龙门) in Henan Province dating from the Northern Wei period (386–534 CE).
Many of these rubbings were presented to Harvard by scholars and collectors Langdon Warner, Lawrence Sickman, Hamilton Bell, and C. Adrian Rübel. Langdon Warner himself collected many rubbings in north and northwest China during two Fogg expeditions in 1923–1924 and 1925.
- For further information and assistance, please contact Nanni Deng, Asian Art Bibliographer.
- For full cataloging information, see the Chinese Rubbings Virtual Collection
- For additional information about the Rubbings Collections, see College Library Breathes New Life into Rübel's East Asian Rubbings, Harvard University Library Notes, November 2005