A mandarin was a highly educated civil official who had passed a series of rigorous examinations to attain his post ...
moreA mandarin was a highly educated civil official who had passed a series of rigorous examinations to attain his post. Not only was a mandarin knowledgeable in the duties of his office but he was also accomplished in the arts of music, poetry, calligraphy, and painting. In this painting the prayer beads in one hand and fan with signed calligraphy in the other, suggest that he was a religious scholar. His beard is a sign of old age, a highly revered quality in China. His long, pointed fingernails remind us that that his occupation is intellectual rather than physical, and his elaborate dress identifies his standing as a scholar and government official.
The portrait is tempura on parchment, mounted on silk. The frame is bright Chinese red lacquer and fronted with plexiglass (so it's not that heavy despite its size). Overall it's in excellent condition for it's age, with some marks on the original work. There are no scratches on the plexi but some scuffs on the frame, mostly on the sides.
Overall size is 40" wide by 71" high, painting is 36" wide by 63" high less
40.0ʺW × 2.0ʺD × 71.0ʺH
ExcellentMinor wear consistent with age and history
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