Fu Sheng Expounding the Classic

Attributed to Zhang SengyaoTang dynasty, mid 8th century

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
Osaka, Japan

Fu Sheng is lecturing on Shang shu, the most basic Confucian text of politics and philosophy, which he had saved from the Great Qin book-burning. Chao Cu, who was sent by the Han dynasty emperor Wendi, is normally depicted sitting in front listening to the lecture. The image of Fu Sheng continuing to teach even at a weary old age of over ninety is, indeed, noble. Fu Sheng has been revered as a great patron of scholarship for many centuries.


  • Title: Fu Sheng Expounding the Classic
  • Creator: Attributed to Zhang Sengyao
  • Date Created: Tang dynasty, mid 8th century
  • Location Created: China
  • Title(Japanese): 伏生授経図
  • Physical Dimensions: w44.7 x h25.4 cm
  • Period(Japanese): 唐 8世紀中頃
  • Credit Line(Japanese): 阿部コレクション
  • Classification of Important Cultural Properties of Japan: Important Cultural Property
  • Artist Name(Japanese): 伝・王維
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Abe Collection, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
  • Medium: Color on silk

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