Stone Coffin of Fang Xing

Northern Wei Dynasty, 518/519 AD
Shanxi Museum

A leaping tiger, center, is surrounded by various animals, left, and acrobatic humans, right; a juggler in the upper right corner tries to keep an impossible number of balls up in the air at once. The rubbing, below, shows the entertainments. The theme of acrobats on a pole, at the far left, is illustrated by grave figurines on a later page.