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ten-panel Coromandel screen
  • China
  • ten-panel Coromandel screen, 1800s, Qing dynasty, 1644–1911
  • Where object was made: China
  • lacquer, wood
  • Object Height/Width: each panel 284.5 x 48.3 cm
    Object Height/Width: each panel 112 x 19 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Buddy) Rogers
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, C5
  • 1977.0097
Label Text

One side of the screen depicts a scene of daily life in the yamen or city hall of a district magistrate. In the center, the magistrate is seated on a high chair flanked by two servants holding fans. Garden rocks and other buildings surround the main hall. Ceremonial vessels and mythical animals frame the top and bottom of the screen.

The other side of the screen shows an inner court or ladies’ court. The figures are engaged in various activities in gardens and small pavilions. Flowers and figures frame the top and bottom of the screen.