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Subject:Wu Shuang Pu characters ?
Posted By: Peter Fri, Aug 18, 2023 IP:

I've recently acquired a large Famille Rose mug which bears images of three specific characters. Although there is no accompanying script to each character, is it possible that they are intended to depict specific individuals from the so-called 'Table of Peerless Heroes'?
Any thoughts or comments will be much appreciated.


Subject:Re: Wu Shuang Pu characters ?
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Aug 18, 2023

Can't help much, but the middle picture appears to be this guy, as found in a lot description in "The Great Fortune", a catalog printed in 2002 for what was the last auction of the renowned collection of Georg Weishaupt:

"Standing figure with sword, Dong Xian (23-2 BC),Western Han Dynasty, From Yunyang. Emperor Ai (the lasts emperor of the Western Han Dynasty) had great confidence in him, and at 20 years of age he already was in charge of the military and political affairs of state."

Couldn't find anything on the other two figures in images online in my Google search or in website which has information on other of the heroic and legendary "Wushuangpu".

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Wu Shuang Pu characters ?
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Aug 19, 2023

I later found a Wikipedia site (embedded link below) which has names and links to images and information on many other of the Wushuangpu, including the two female figures on your mug:


Cao E (Chinese: 曹娥, pinyin: Cáo É) (130–143), was a young girl from Shangyu District, Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province in China. She was the daughter of the shaman Cao Xu. The girl died in the year 143 while trying to save her father from drowning. In the year 151 a temple was built for her and the river in which she and her father drowned, was named after her.


Pang E (Chinese: 龐娥) or Zhao E (Chinese: 趙娥) was a Chinese noble woman from the Eastern Han dynasty to the Three Kingdoms period. Born in Gansu province, she was the mother of the Cao Wei politician, Pang Yui. She murdered her family's killer before turning herself in. Her case was recorded in Huangfu's Biographies of Exemplary Women (列女傳) which was supposed to be an instructional text for Confucian women. Due to her act of extreme bravery, she was immortalized as one of the memorable acts of courage and virtue performed by a woman in Chinese history.[1] Zhao E was famous as one of the heroines depicted in the Wu Shuang Pu (無雙譜, Table of Peerless Heroes) by Jin Guliang.

Characters for Dong Xian: 董贤

Best regards,

Bill H.

URL Title :Wushuangpu

Subject:Re: Wu Shuang Pu characters ?
Posted By: Peter Sun, Aug 20, 2023

Sincere thanks Bill H, for your time and efforts in resolving my query.


Subject:Re: Wu Shuang Pu characters ?
Posted By: Peter Sat, Aug 19, 2023

Many thanks for your assistance, Bill H.

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