Epigraphic and Pictorial Rubbings

Yinxin Shiwu Tushuo (Illustrations of the Yinxin Stone Dwelling)

Text by Tao Shu (1778-1839); engraved in the 16th year of Daoguang Period (1836), Qing Dynasty; illustrator(s) and date of rubbing unknown. Wujin Ta (black gold rubbings).

Tao Shu was a renowned official during the Jiaqing and Daoguang Periods of the Qing Dynasty. This album of his presented the scenes of Nanjing, Suzhou, Yangzhou and Hangzhou. It featured a special technique of making rubbings from engraved stones, the so-called "wujin ta" (black gold rubbings), which were made with lustrous black ink on thick paper and burnished with a polishing shell.