The Appreciation and Connoisseurship of Chinese Rubbings

Friday, 27 May 2016  |   7:00 pm-8:00pm   |  Lyndhurst Building















The Appreciation and Connoisseurship of Chinese Rubbings by Dr. Sarah Ng

Rubbings are inked impressions on paper that have been reproduced from engravings or reliefs. They are one of the key ways to preserve Chinese art, culture, and history since ancient times. Despite their long history, rubbings have not been as popular as Chinese paintings and calligraphy due to the inherent difficulty in appreciating and authenticating them.  

This talk attempts to explore the lesser-known art form of rubbings in Imperial China, through select pieces from the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery collection that have never been shown to the public. Among them, many are emblematic of Chinese calligraphic traditions, religions and numismatics and everyday life up until the 20th century. Most notable is the extremely rare rubbing of the Southern Song dynasty stone inscription from Joss House Bay, the earliest dated rock engraving in Hong Kong. In addition, this talk will also introduce the audience to some basic terminology and knowledge in rubbing connoisseurship.  


About the speaker: Dr. Sarah Ng, Associate Curator of the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong, is also an honorary assistant professor at the HKU’s Department of Fine Arts.

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